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    Common Appositives

    This OK with the punctuation?

    My wife Jennifer, my brother Patrick, and my sister Danielle will be attending the board meeting.

    (I have one wife, one brother and one sister.)

    Obviously, the traditionally punctuated version is a headache and looks ridiculous:

    My wife, Jennifer; my brother, Patrick; and my sister, Danielle, will attend the board meeting.

    I say this - although techically correct - is an eyesore ... too much punctuation going on here. Do you agree that my first sentence above - with just the commas - is correct as well?

    Thanks

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    Re: Common Appositives

    I would add another comma to your suggested version, after Danielle.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Common Appositives

    On this rare occasion, I disagree with ems. I would leave the first sentence as is.

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    Re: Common Appositives

    Quote Originally Posted by frogboxer View Post
    Is this OK with the punctuation?

    My wife Jennifer, my brother Patrick, and my sister Danielle will be attending the board meeting.

    (I have one wife, one brother and one sister.)

    Obviously, the traditionally punctuated version is a headache and looks ridiculous:

    My wife, Jennifer; my brother, Patrick; and my sister, Danielle, will attend the board meeting.

    I say this - although techically correct - is an eyesore ... too much punctuation going on here. Do you agree that my first sentence above - with just the commas - is correct as well?

    Thanks

    fb
    I agree with Rover.

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    Re: Common Appositives

    I've read it again. I now disagree with myself and agree with Rover and bhaisahab!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Common Appositives

    The first sentence is a lot easier on the eye, though if your listener knows that you only have one of each, then omitting the names or just using the names would make it less bulky. However, these would not work as examples of this punctuation.

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