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    #1

    comma

    Which is correct:

    1-Pete Smith at the office says "hello".

    2-Pete Smith, at the office, says "hello".

    Meaning: Pete, who works at the office, says "hello".

    The phrase has to be non-restrictive and therefore I suppose one would need commas. But do people use commas in such cases? Do they pause when they utter the sentence?

    Gratefully.
    Navi.

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    #2

    Re: comma

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Which is correct:

    1-Pete Smith at the office says "hello".

    2-Pete Smith, at the office, says "hello".

    Meaning: Pete, who works at the office, says "hello".

    The phrase has to be non-restrictive and therefore I suppose one would need commas. But do people use commas in such cases? Do they pause when they utter the sentence?

    Gratefully.
    Navi.
    IOnly # 1 is natural. IMO

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    #3

    Re: comma

    A better title would have been 'Pete Smith at the office'.

    Extract from the Posting Guidelines:

    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'

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    #4

    Re: comma

    Quote Originally Posted by navi tasan View Post
    Which is correct:

    1-Pete Smith at the office says "hello".

    2-Pete Smith, at the office, says "hello".

    Meaning: Pete, who works at the office, says "hello".

    The phrase has to be non-restrictive and therefore I suppose one would need commas. But do people use commas in such cases? Do they pause when they utter the sentence?

    Gratefully.
    Navi.
    I prefer the version without the commas.

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