Although it drives me crazy

Many writers have difficulty punctuating sentences with although in them. I just came across the following badly punctuated sentence in an online political article:

One counter-protester, Leslie Taylor of Madison admitted, “I’m dying of curiosity to see what kind of people support Sarah Palin. Although, I’m seeing more protesters than supporters.”

Sigh. Anything beginning with “although” is an extra idea and needs to be glued on to a real sentence.

And there’s another problem: although should never be followed by a comma. (Also – not that I’m trying to be picky – there should be a comma after Madison.)

Here’s the corrected sentence:

One counter-protester, Leslie Taylor of Madison, admitted, “I’m dying of curiosity to see what kind of people support Sarah Palin although I’m seeing more protesters than supporters.” CORRECT

(To learn more about these commas, click here. Comma Rule 1 deals with although and similar words; Comma Rule 3 explains why you need a comma after Madison.)

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