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Commas in Direct Address

Postby Anja » Fri Nov 21, 2014 1:36 pm

I probably covered this before, but it bears repeating.

Use comma to set off a name, an endearment term, a nickname, a person's title, or anything that you are addressing directly.

Mike, there's a cow in the garden.

Where are you going, my girl?

No, Your Honour, I have no idea.

Good morning, coffee. Good to see you again.

Thank you, friends, for the wonderful gift.

Again, ANYTHING (any noun) you are addressing must be set off by commas, even in titles of songs or books or in poetry.

Goodnight, Irene
Ah, Wilderness!
(Eugene O'Neill)

Oh, March, come right upstairs with me,
I have so much to tell!

from Dear March, come in! by Emily Dickinson.

You left me, sweet, two legacies ...
In a poem by the same name, by Emily Dickinson.
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Re: Commas in Direct Address

Postby oursilverstrands » Sat Nov 22, 2014 4:03 pm

Ann wrote:I probably covered this before, but it bears repeating.

Thanks, Ann. I agree, at least for me. :D

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Re: Commas in Direct Address

Postby Athayde » Mon Jun 19, 2017 12:55 pm

Thanks, Ann


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