Is a comma after 'Taking everything into account' required when introducing the conclusion of an essay?

For instance:

Taking everything into account(,) one should choose one's job paying attention to the fact that it should be pleasant.

  • It might depend on what follows. How would you complete the sentence? For example, compare: Taking everything into account in this case, I think we should proceed and Taking everything into account, in this case I think we should proceed. Dec 8, 2018 at 15:56
  • @Ronald Sole I'm curious what kind of examples you could come up with. If the next thing is the subject of the sentence, I would always use a comma. Dec 8, 2018 at 16:00
  • @RossMurray Now we're agreed! Dec 8, 2018 at 16:01
  • Don't you think that 'in this case' is a bit redundant after 'taking everything into account'? :-) Dec 8, 2018 at 16:06
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    @Aer On a different point, it's better to stick to one's, as in: ...one should choose one's job....* rather than **their job, even though in practice ithe rule is seldom observed. Dec 8, 2018 at 16:06

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A general principle is that if a phrase can be deleted from a sentence without changing the meaning of what remains, then that phrase should be enclosed in two commas, or one comma and the start/end of the sentence at the other end.

If I wrote 'Taking everything into account' as the opening words of any sentence, I would always then use a comma.

Note that I'm stating a general principle. In almost all cases after someone opened a sentence with that, they would then have the subject of the main sentence. If a subject is next, then a comma becomes mandatory.

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