By Paul Yeager, author of Literally, the Best Language Book Ever
Punctuation errors are fairly common, and one of the most common is when using the word however to connect two independent clauses.
It’s not as simple as just slapping a comment before and after the word. It needs to be separated by a semicolon and a comma, such as:
- Linus was upset about missing the Halloween party; however, that’s nothing compared to how upset Sally was about missing tricks or treats.
For more, see my November writing tip on the AIS Web site.
I am so ashamed by my blatent abuse of ‘however’.