Jonathan Franzen explains why a comma followed by “then” always gives a sour ring to a sentence, only I wasn’t sure why until now.
Jonathan Franzen: Comma-Then
There’s so much to read and so little time. I’m always looking for a reason to put a book down and not pick it up again, and one of the best reasons a writer can give me is to use the word then as a conjunction without a subject following it. [read more]