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Hello, my question is: do you need to always use a comma in front of or before someone's name?
For example: At the end of an email, people put a comma after their own name because they are signing off, so it makes sense.
At the end of an email, if your name is Kaelin, you would say: Thanks, Kaelin. Or: Thanks for your time, Kaelin, or: Sincerely, Kaelin.
My question now is: 1. If you start an email to someone, do you write: Hi, Justin or Hi Justin.
I see people putting a comma there and to me it doesn't make sense, as it's a complete unit or thought.
2: When you are thanking someone named Justin who just wrote you an email, is it correct to respond back by saying: Thanks, Justin. To me this doesn't make sense as it's a complete thought. It isn't as if you are signing off and need a comma there.
This has always confused me, so I would love to have the official answer!
Welcome to the forum.
It's correct to use commas in the places you mention.
However, in informal correspondence between friends, you will often see them omitted.