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    Re: Punctuating an email?

    To separate with commas the name of the person addressed from other parts of the sentence, Ducklet Cat, is a convention still observed by many.

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    Re: Punctuating an email?

    Thank you.
    I still wonder about something:
    Why don't we put a period after the sender's name? I know this is the way it is done. But it would be logical to place one. :)

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    Re: Punctuating an email?

    Why? A person's name is not a complete sentence. Why do you see that as logical?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Punctuating an email?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Why? A person's name is not a complete sentence. Why do you see that as logical?
    You are right, but it does not sound very right to keep it like that alone.
    OK, maybe a comma. But a comma implies that something will come after it.
    I guess a period gives the impression that the letter/email is over, and nothing else is written. A name is not a sentence, but I though of adding it to announce the end of the email.
    I don't know. I was just thinking aloud.

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    Re: Punctuating an email?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ducklet Cat View Post
    You are right, but it does not sound very right to keep it like that alone.
    OK, maybe a comma. But a comma implies that something will come after it.
    I guess a period gives the impression that the letter/email is over, and nothing else is written. A name is not a sentence, but I though of adding it to announce the end of the email.
    I don't know. I was just thinking aloud.
    At the beginning of a letter, many people do put a comma after the name and before the first word of the main letter:


    Dear Mr Smith,

    I am writing to you today ...


    However, at the end of a letter, a person's full name usually comes underneath their signature and we never punctuate it. We also frequently put the job title under the name. We don't punctuate that either. So a letter may end:

    I look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Yours faithfully,

    [signature]



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    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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