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Does this sentence need a comma?

Further to your recent phone call I can confirm that we have waived the charge applied to your account after your payment.

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  • Also, it's not clear, from its placement, how "after your payment" figures into this. After your payment, we have waived the (late?) charge?
    – TimR
    Jan 29, 2015 at 14:17
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    Where are you thinking about putting one?
    – J.R.
    Jan 29, 2015 at 15:42
  • I do not think it needs a comma, if you mean after phone call. It is legitimate to write longish introductory phrases without using a comma to separate such a phrase from the rest of the sentence. When I have a moment I will try to provide a resource for this.
    – user6951
    Jan 29, 2015 at 16:27

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Yes, I comma would do well in your sentence:

Further to your recent phone call, I can confirm that we have waived the charge applied to your account after your payment.

This just allows the reader to get a breath before reading the rest of the sentence.

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    "Further to your recent call" sounds very odd if not outright wrong. At least, to me it does.
    – Kevin
    Jan 29, 2015 at 14:08
  • @Kevin Further to is legitimate English. But some constructions used in Business English sound stilted; some are remnants from the 1950s or earlier. The class I took in modern Business Communication advises against using such phrases.
    – user6951
    Jan 29, 2015 at 16:32
  • @δοῦλος Ah, I'm American and this seems to be more common in BE
    – Kevin
    Jan 29, 2015 at 17:01
  • ==## @Kevin Dont get me wrong I dont think this sentence is at all gramatically correct in any sense but I was asked to show the OP where to put commas, not how to fix the wording of the sentence ##== Jan 29, 2015 at 17:43
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The phrase "further to" is used, especially in BE, to refer to an earlier letter, conversation, call, meeting, etc. in business letters. A comma is always put after the noun that comes after this phrase.

So we must put a comma after the noun "call".

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