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    "My wife, Elin, acted courageously when she saw I was hurt and in trouble."

    Would you have set off "Elin" with commas? Some people argue that it's not necessary on the theory that we live in a monogomous society and the assumption that we have only one spouse is thus a safe one.

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    Re: Comma

    Quote Originally Posted by Jasmin165 View Post
    "My wife, Elin, acted courageously when she saw I was hurt and in trouble."

    Would you have set off "Elin" with commas? Some people argue that it's not necessary on the theory that we live in a monogomous society and the assumption that we have only one spouse is thus a safe one.

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    That goes back to a similar thread I started a few weeks ago. Corum posted this useful link on restrictive and non-restrictive appositives:
    Appositives: Restrictive and Non-restrictive - Grammar, Punctuation, and Style - kwizNET Math/Science/English Homeschool/Afterschool/Tutoring Lessons/Worksheets/Quizzes/Trivia

    To me, you only have one wife so giving the name isn't restrictive; it's parenthetic, like saying 'whose name is Elin', so I'd use commas.

    Mind you I'm still not clear. The only appositive I can think of right now is one I really don't know how best to punctuate:

    The goalkeeper, Rob Green, was guilty of a howler
    The goalkeeper, Rob Green was guilty of a howler
    The goalkeeper Rob Green was guilty of a howler

    [excuse the italics - can't seem to deitalicise]

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    Re: Comma

    Quote Originally Posted by Jasmin165 View Post
    "My wife, Elin, acted courageously when she saw I was hurt and in trouble."

    Would you have set off "Elin" with commas? Some people argue that it's not necessary on the theory that we live in a monogomous society and the assumption that we have only one spouse is thus a safe one.

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    We don't all live in the same society.
    In any case, the argument you refer to would indicate that you don't need to dispense with commas. It's only in non-monogamous societies that you'd have to write "My wife Elin ...", just as we'd normally write "my brother Jack" to distinguish him from "my brother Enrico".

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