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Do we use a comma before the word “ale” in Polish? What are the spelling rules in this matter?

Do we use a comma before “ale”?

The rule is that we almost always use a comma before the word “ale”. The exception is when the word is used as a noun. This happens when we use the word “ale” in the sense of reservation. Only then do we not use a comma before “ale”. Examples are shown below.

When do we use a comma before “ale”?

It can be assumed that we always use a comma before the word “ale”. The comma before this word only occurs in exceptional situations when it is used in noun form. Just like in the following sentence:

“Proszę to zostawić bez żadnego ale.” (Please leave it without any “ale”).

In every other case, we use a comma before “ale”. For example, in the following sentences:

“Poszedłbym na ryby, ale pada deszcz.” (I would go fishing, but it’s raining).

“Fajny przepis, ale dodałbym więcej pieprzu.” (Nice recipe, but I would add more pepper).


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