Comma after suddenly

I am confused about the use of the comma after 'suddenly' when 'suddenly' starts the sentence. I have seen some writing where the comma is used after 'suddenly' and some where it isn't.

Hart's Rules states that the comma is used when a sentence starts with an adverb. It specifically mentions the adverbs 'however', 'moreover', 'therefore', and 'already'. It also says that 'however' isn't followed by a comma when it modifies an adjective or other adverb.

Is this exception also applied to 'suddenly'?


  • huebscherhuebscher
    edited May 4

    Yes, I would say that this exception also applies to "suddenly".

    Suddenly dark, the room had an eerie atmosphere.

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