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    commas with names

    Hello,

    Which of these is correct?

    'Jane is going home in a taxi with her husband, Bob.'

    'Jane is going home in a taxi with her husband Bob.'?

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    Re: commas with names

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    I believe 'Bob' is an appositive here, so there should be a comma after 'husband'.

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    Re: commas with names

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    (1) I agree with SlickVic.

    (2) Jane is going home with her husband, Bob. = She has one husband. As SlickVic told you, the name of her husband is just

    an appositive (some extra information about her husband).

    (a) For example, "Jane is going home with her husband, a dentist." ("A dentist" identifies his occupation.)

    (3) Jane is going home with her husband Bob. = She has more than one husband. That is, she is going home with

    her husband Bob, but she is not going home with her husband Tony.

    (a) As you know, in most countries a person cannot have more than one wife/husband at one time!

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    Re: commas with names

    So if I said "I am going home with my friend Dave." I wouldn't need a comma because I have many friends and Dave is one of them. Is that right?

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    Re: commas with names

    Quote Originally Posted by uksy View Post
    So if I said "I am going home with my friend Dave." I wouldn't need a comma because I have many friends and Dave is one of them. Is that right?
    Yes.

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