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    Comma Question

    Ex1:

    Her boyfriend Nick met Jennifer at the hospital.

    Her boyfriend, Nick, met Jennifer at the hospital.

    Ex 2:

    David and his father, James, managed to save their company from going bankrupt.

    David and his father James managed to save their company from going bankrupt.


    I am assuming both styles are punctuation wise correct.
    I am wondering which is more suitable for formal/academic writing.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Comma Question

    [QUOTE=vcolts;834280]Ex1:

    Her boyfriend Nick met Jennifer at the hospital.



    David and his father James managed to save their company from going bankrupt.





    NOT A TEACHER


    (1) I am shocked! Without the commas, the sentence means that she has more

    than one boyfriend!

    (2) And without the commas, it appears that David has more than one father!

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    Compare:

    My friend Tony speaks French, not my friend Mona. (I have at least two friends, Tony and Mona.)

    My friend, Tony, speaks French. (I have only one friend. )

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    Re: Comma Question

    I am not quite as shocked as TheParser, and have to say that the comma-free usage appears to be used by some these days, at least in informal writing.

    However, I feel that it is much better to use commas except when we are using the name as a definer.I always advised my students to follow this practice, still widely accepted as the only aceptable one.

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    Re: Comma Question

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post

    My friend, Tony, speaks French. (I have only one friend. )
    I disagree with this interpretation.

    I have a friend. This friend, whose name happens to be Tony, speaks French.

    I would not infer that you have only one friend by saying "My friend" instead of "One of my friends."
    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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