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I am trying to say sentences like:

Then by doing this thing, this happens

Now after selecting this option, this happens

By doing this, now we can do this

Should they get comma after "then" and "now":

Then, by doing this thing, this happens

Now, after selecting this option, this happens

By doing this, now, we can do this

  • Read your sentences out loud, trying to emulate natural pauses or gaps between the words. This should indicate where your commas are. Example 1 Example 2. – JMB Jun 22 '15 at 8:16
  • @JMB I thought there is a rule! if I can use both, I prefer the first one, cause I think "then by doing this" is a complete phrase – Ahmad Jun 22 '15 at 8:23
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    Actually the complete phrase is "then...this happens" and "by doing this" is parenthetical. Then, having done that, this happens. or When we do that, this happens. – Tᴚoɯɐuo Jun 22 '15 at 10:22
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Both are good, although I think the second examples are slightly better. What you are saying is :

Then (by doing this thing) this happens

Now (after selecting this option) this happens

By doing this (now) we can do this

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