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    Address punctuation

    Over the years, it seems that the use of the semi-colon has changed. Which of the following would be considered grammatically correct?

    The Martin Group, LLC; 138 Jackson Street; Matawan, NJ 07747
    or
    The Martin Group, LLC, 138 Jackson Street, Matawan, NJ 07747

    I learned over 30 years ago that the semi-colon was to be used. Your help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you,
    Salvatore Diecidue

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    Re: Address punctuation

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Over the years, it seems that the use of the semi-colon has changed. Which of the following would be considered grammatically correct?

    The Martin Group, LLC; 138 Jackson Street; Matawan, NJ 07747
    or
    The Martin Group, LLC, 138 Jackson Street, Matawan, NJ 07747

    I learned over 30 years ago that the semi-colon was to be used. Your help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you,
    Salvatore Diecidue
    Well, it was clearly used long before I learnt to write addresses as I have never seen it used (in the UK, that is).

    When writing the address in one line as you have done, each part would be separated by a comma, but when addressing an envelope, no comma is necessary.

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    Re: Address punctuation

    Quote Originally Posted by Unregistered View Post
    Over the years, it seems that the use of the semi-colon has changed. Which of the following would be considered grammatically correct?

    The Martin Group, LLC; 138 Jackson Street; Matawan, NJ 07747
    or
    The Martin Group, LLC, 138 Jackson Street, Matawan, NJ 07747

    I learned over 30 years ago that the semi-colon was to be used. Your help would be greatly appreciated.

    Thank you,
    Salvatore Diecidue
    This is something that depends on your post office. You should address your mail in a way that is most suitable for your post office's automated directing machines.
    In Aus, we no longer use any punctuation. This prevents the machine reading a ; for a 1, etc.

    Mr AB Smith
    The Martin Group
    LLC
    138 Jackson Street
    Matawan NJ 07747
    USA

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