Grammar GuideCommaShould I use a comma before or after “please” in a sentence?

Should I use a comma before or after “please” in a sentence?

Should I use a comma before or after “please” in a sentence?

If please comes at the end of a sentence then you should almost always use a comma before it.

  • Can you help, please?
  • Could I have more cake, please?

The only exception is when you are not using it to ask nicely, but as part of the sentence.

  • Do as you please.

When please is used at the start of a sentence then you can choose to use a comma depending on if you’d like to emphasize it.

  • Please, can you help? (emphasis)
  • Please can you help? (no emphasis)

Please can appear in the middle of a sentence. This is quite unusual. It might appear as:

  • part of a phrase no commas needed, e.g. Don’t forget to say please and thank you.
  • as a verb with no commas needed, e.g. He wants to please us.
  • after a conjunction or at the start of a clause where you should use a comma after it if you want to emphasize it, e.g. You can go, but please, be careful. or If you go, please be careful.

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