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    Help with comma

    Hi all,

    Just wanted some help with the correct use of a comma in the following type of sentence when addressing someone:

    Do you have to use a comma when addressing someone by their name or nickname? For example, 'How was your day, sweetheart? or 'How is everything, Sara' - is the comma necessary in these sentences?

    Thanks in advance

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    Re: Help with comma

    Welcome to the forum, Timothy.

    As I answered your question here — yes. (Click on the underlined link.)

    We recommend posting a question on one forum only initially. If you do not get a satisfactory answer from that forum and you feel that you have exhausted its possibilities, then of course trying a different forum might help. It is only courteous however, to tell the second forum that you have already asked the question on another forum and then give a precis of the answers you received there, along with an explanation of why you are now looking elsewhere.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 18-Aug-2014 at 22:01.

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    Re: Help with comma

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

    Hello, Timothy:

    You have already received the answer.

    I only wanted to gently remind you that we often use a comma in writing when we use a pause in speech:

    James, stop eating all the ice cream. Other members of the family want some, too.

    Thank you, sir. You are very nice.

    Stop eating so fast, James. No one is going to take your food away from you!

    No, ma'am, I did not do that.

    Last edited by TheParser; 18-Aug-2014 at 19:44. Reason: I rewrote a sentence.

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