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What is the correct punctuation for the use of however in a sentence?

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July 23, 2014 4:55PM

The accepted punctuation when using "however" to join two clauses is to surround it with a semicolon at the beginning and a comma afterwards. For example: Igor was on time for work each morning; however, he usually took two hours off for lunch and sometimes left the office early.

If it is used at the beginning of a sentence you need a coma after it. For example: Igor was on time for work each morning. However, he usually took two hours off for lunch and sometimes left early.

If it used in the middle of a sentence not joining clauses it is surrounded with comas. For example: Igor was on time for work each morning. He did, however, usually take two hours off for lunch and sometimes left early.

Finally if it is used at the end of a sentence it needs a coma before it. For example: Igor was on time for work each morning. He usually took two hours off for lunch and sometimes left early, however.