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    Joanna and her boyfriend Michael enjoyed

    I am wondering if my sentences are grammatically correct. Can I write "ex Bob" without using commas?

    Joanna and her boyfriend Michael enjoyed their holiday until her ex Bob appeared in the same hotel. Their mood changed and they moved immediately to another hotel.

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    Re: Joanna and her boyfriend Michael enjoyed

    - You need the past continuous with "enjoy".
    - Consider using "showed up at" instead of "appeared in."
    - "Their mood changed" is somewhat unnatural. Consider, e.g., "they felt uncomfortable" instead.

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    Re: Joanna and her boyfriend Michael enjoyed

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    Can I write "ex Bob" without using commas?
    The automatic use of commas seems to be in decline IMO. I would be tempted to use them, but wouldn't be disturbed if you didn't.

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    Re: Joanna and her boyfriend Michael enjoyed

    Quote Originally Posted by Bassim View Post
    I am wondering if my sentences are grammatically correct. Can I write "ex Bob" without using commas?

    Joanna and her boyfriend Michael enjoyed their holiday until her ex Bob appeared in the same hotel. Their mood changed and they moved immediately to another hotel.
    I would put the commas before and after "Bob". "Bob" is an appositive here describing "her ex". "Ex" is a noun. It is a common speech word meaning "a former husband: (or wife as the case may be).

    Joanna and her boyfriend Michael enjoyed their holiday until her ex, Bob, appeared in the same hotel. Their mood changed and they moved immediately to another hotel.
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