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Pretty3
Saudi Arabia

Help!!
 
Hi,
 
Is there a comma after the word immediately in the beginning of a sentence??
 
e.g.
 
Immediately after the last day of the week , they went to the mall.
 
 
Best regards,
:)

3 Dec 2010      



donapeter
Romania

Immediately, after the last day of the week , they went to the mall.

"after the last day of the week"- this is an explanation, it can be omitted, it is called :apposition




3 Dec 2010     



almaz
United Kingdom

I have to say that the sentence - with or without punctuation - doesn ´t actually make a lot of sense. Can you really go somewhere immediately after a day? As soon as the clock chimes midnight? The use of immediately here suggests ´without a  pause or delay ´. You might say that Monday follows immediately after Sunday, but other than that...?
 
The expression ´immediately after ´ without a comma is a perfectly acceptable adverb/conjunction.
 
Immediately after the last class of the week, they went to the mall/They went to the mall immediately after the last class of the week.
 
So, the structure is fine as it is. By the way, using ´immediately ´ on its own as a conjunction tends to be used more in British English ( ´Immediately they finished their last class, they went to the shopping centre ´).

3 Dec 2010