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    Default Comma before proper nouns.

    In the sentence, "Whats going on, Matthew?" Is a comma really needed before the proper noun? If so why?

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    Default Re: Comma before proper nouns.

    Welcome to the forum, Matthew.

    We separate the name of a person addressed from the rest of a sentence by a comma,

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    Default Re: Comma before proper nouns.

    There is a lot of difference between:
    I hate to ask Matthew.
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    I hate to ask, Matthew.
    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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    Default Re: Comma before proper nouns.

    Note that you need an apostrophe in "What's going on?"

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