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    Oh my God or Oh, my God?

    What's correct:

    Oh my God OR Oh, my God (with a comma)

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    Re: Oh my God or Oh, my God?

    Example: Oh, my God, I love these flowers. Will you buy them for me?

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    Oh my God, I love these flowers. Will you buy them for me? (without a comma after oh)

    Or are they both accurate?

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    Re: Oh my God or Oh, my God?

    Can someone help?

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    Re: Oh my God or Oh, my God?

    I would not put that first comma there.
    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: Oh my God or Oh, my God?

    After researching, I found out that either is accurate, but it is more technical with a comma.EDIT: People don't say O, MG. Without a comma would definitely be the correct version.
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    Re: Oh my God or Oh, my God?

    I'm with Barb on this one. As far as I'm concerned "Oh my god (or God)" can be considered a phrase in its own right. Hence the much-used abbreviation these days "OMG" - we don't write "O, MG"

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    Re: Oh my God or Oh, my God?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Hence the much-used abbreviation these days "OMG" - we don't write "O, MG"
    That's so funny you wrote that! I was thinking about using the exact same example! O, MG! What an amazing coincidence!
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    Re: Oh my God or Oh, my God?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    That's so funny you wrote that! I was thinking about using the exact same example! O, MG! What an amazing coincidence!
    Great minds, and all that!

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    Re: Oh my God or Oh, my God?

    In your example the other day about the fish shop -- do you have "no" fish -- I was picturing the Monty Python sketch with the cheese shop. Was that in your mind too?
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    Re: Oh my God or Oh, my God?

    Ok. So if oh my God is accurate (without commas), is it acceptable to put a comma before God? As in, oh, God?

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