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    Names and commas

    Hello,
    Usually(,) when I use names, I try to use commas as well.

    Let's imagine I'm discussing with a friend called Tom.
    Nice to see you, Tom.
    Tom, please listen to me!
    I fully agree with you, Tom.
    Tom, do you think this could work?

    (I think that's enough and should show the topic.)

    In my opinion all commas are fine.
    What do you think, guys?

    Cheers!

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    Re: Names and commas

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Hello,
    Usually(,) when I use names, I try to use commas as well.

    Let's imagine I'm discussing with a friend called Tom.
    Nice to see you, Tom.
    Tom, please listen to me!
    I fully agree with you, Tom.
    Tom, do you think this could work?

    (I think that's enough and should show the topic.)

    In my opinion all commas are fine.
    What do you think, guys?

    Cheers!
    Yes, they are fine. Indeed more than fine, I think they are mandatory here.
    Geraldine Woods says (English Grammar for Dummies):
    "When writing a message to someone, you need to separate the person's name form the rest of the sentence with a comma. Otherwise, your reader may misread the intention of the message."
    She gives the example:
    "Lochness wants to kill Wendy. I locked him in this room," which may have two different interpretations depending on whether you put a comma after 'kill' or not.

    PS Not a native speaker

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    #3

    Re: Names and commas

    Quote Originally Posted by Nightmare85 View Post
    Hello,
    Usually(,) when I use names, I try to use commas as well.

    Let's imagine I'm discussing with a friend called Tom.
    Nice to see you, Tom. The comma is not necessary here.
    Tom, please listen to me!
    I fully agree with you, Tom. The comma is not necessary here.
    Tom, do you think this could work?

    (I think that's enough and should show the topic.)

    In my opinion all commas are fine.
    What do you think, guys?

    Cheers!
    Quote Originally Posted by ymnisky View Post
    Yes, they are fine. Indeed more than fine, I think they are mandatory here.
    Geraldine Woods says (English Grammar for Dummies):
    "When writing a message to someone, you need to separate the person's name form the rest of the sentence with a comma. Otherwise, your reader may misread the intention of the message."
    She gives the example:
    "Lochness wants to kill Wendy. I locked him in this room," which may have two different interpretations depending on whether you put a comma after 'kill' or not. Too generalised.

    PS Not a native speaker
    "English Grammar for Idiots" might be a more appropriate title for thisbook.

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    Re: Names and commas

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    "English Grammar for Idiots" might be a more appropriate title for thisbook.
    lol (laughing out loud)
    I was waiting for it.

    The book is fun bhaisahab, believe me.
    (I am about to find some free time to read a serious one [First I need to stop laughing]. I hope not until the end of this year.)

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