1. Rumwriter
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    Comma here?

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by Rumwriter, May 6, 2014.

    The year after she died my father tried it on for the first time.

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    The year after she died, my father tried it on for the first time.

    I suppose we have a dependent clause followed by an independent clause, so it should have a comma, but it seems to convey too long of a pause for natural reading...
     
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    Since this is creative writing, it's your choice. If you want to leave it out, leave it out.
     
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    ditto that...

    in fiction, comma use is often a matter of author style trumping rules...
     

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