First off, I'm at Rachel Morgan's blog today where she interviews me. She asks some tough questions. So please be sure to stop by.
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Rachel Morgan asks, “Is the comma before “though” at the end of a sentence like the comma before “too” at the end of a sentence? I mean, is it sort of...optional?! Or should it always be there before the “though”? eg. I’m glad you’re here, though.”
Great question, Rachel. Personally, I’ve always put a comma before “though” at an end of a sentence. But is it optional?
Though means however or nevertheless. It is an adverb. From what I’ve found on the internet, it seems like the commas are optional like in many cases with adverbs, but I suggest saying the sentence out loud. If you pause before the “though,” then it is perfectly acceptable to place a vocative comma there.
Here is a website that talks a little bit more about this grammar issue.