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    Comma

    "Your email of June 1, 2012 to Mr. X has been forwarded to me for response."


    Shouldn't there be a comma after "2012"? I believe there should, but I've observed that people rarely put one there.


    Thanks!

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    Re: Comma

    Quote Originally Posted by Allen165 View Post
    "Your email of June 1, 2012 to Mr. X has been forwarded to me for response."


    Shouldn't there be a comma after "2012"? I believe there should, but I've observed that people rarely put one there.


    Thanks!
    Maybe. On what grammatical principle would you argue for it?
    Consider this one: "Your email of yesterday, June 1, 2012, to Mr. X has been forwarded to me for response.
    "
    Here, the date is parenthetical, and requires surrounding by commas. But the date itself - June 1, 2012 - has only one comma, in the middle of it, as does your original.

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    Maybe. On what grammatical principle would you argue for it?
    Consider this one: "Your email of yesterday, June 1, 2012, to Mr. X has been forwarded to me for response.
    "
    Here, the date is parenthetical, and requires surrounding by commas. But the date itself - June 1, 2012 - has only one comma, in the middle of it, as does your original.
    In my view, "2012" is a nonrestrictive appositive and should therefore be set off with commas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Allen165 View Post
    In my view, "2012" is a nonrestrictive appositive and should therefore be set off with commas.
    Wouldn't it be restrictive? It's saying which June 1 is being referred to. It's restricting "June 1" to that of 2012. A restrictive appositive doesn't require commas.
    In my example - "yesterday, June 1, 2012, ..." the date is nonrestrictive (the date is another name for 'yesterday'), and does have enclosing commas.

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    Re: Comma

    Quote Originally Posted by Allen165 View Post
    Unfortunately, this site merely says the second comma is correct without saying why.

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    The modern trend in written English is to omit unnecessary punctuation.

    In this case, who – apart from the odd strict grammarian – is going to care whether you need a second comma?

    Life's too short.

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    I have learnt to write your email dated June 1 ...

    Is it correct to write your email of June 1 ... ?

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    Yes.

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    Re: Comma

    ***** NOT A TEACHER*****


    Hello, Allen:

    1. I agree with you: most Americans (at least, the better educated ones) would not like your quoted sentence.

    2, I have the 1999 stylebook of The New York Times (which is very liberal politically, but very conservative when it

    comes to English usage). I am guessing that its current stylebook still says:

    A comma or other punctuation mark must always follow the year. Do not [my emphasis] use this construction:

    He said that May 5, 1999 was not a happy day.

    ****

    BUT it tells its reporters that there are no commas in:

    He said he left Boston in April 1975 and never returned.


    HAVE A NICE DAY!

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