Commas: Should you use a comma after a date?

By Mary Morel

Reader’s question: Is a comma necessary after a date at the beginning of a sentence. For example:

In June 2009, the Commission decided…

Answer: There is no right or wrong answer to this question.

I would use a comma after a date at the beginning of a sentence because it indicates a pause.

However, I notice that many writers are dropping this comma because the sentence is clear without it.

It is becoming more common to omit commas after brief introductory phrases.

You decide on this issue!

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