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    "Hey, John, do you think people will like a referendum?"
    "Well, I don't know, this will be a first time; the proof of the pudding is in the eating. Let's wait and see."

    (1). Do you need a comma after Hey?
    (2). There are two "a"s, should the second one be changed to "the?"
    (3). Last sentence beginniong with "Let," should this even be a new sentence, or just be part of last sentence, with a comma preceding it?
    (4). Anything else wrong I did not see?

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    Default Re: Comma, article & new sentence

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    "Hey, John, do you think people will like a referendum?"
    <<(1). Do you need a comma after Hey?>>

    There should be a comma after "Hey". The comma indicates the pause that would be there in speech.

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    "Hey, John, do you think people will like a referendum?"
    "Well, I don't know, this will be a first time; the proof of the pudding is in the eating. Let's wait and see."
    <<(2). There are two "a"s, should the second one be changed to "the?">>

    Yes. "This will be a first time" is not natural.

    "Let's wait and see" is fine as is.

    <<(4). Anything else wrong I did not see?>>

    Try: "Do you think people would like a referendum?" (Or: would like to have a referendum)

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    Try 'this will be a first' instead.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    Try 'this will be a first' instead.
    Thanks to RonBee and Tdol. BMO

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