Results 1 to 3 of 3

    • Join Date: Sep 2007
    • Posts: 12
    • Post Thanks / Like

    Yes, Ma'am or Yes Ma'am?

    That is the question?

    My girlfriend believes the proper punctuation is Yes, Ma'am is linguistically correct. I on the other hand think, (and she is far better at this than I), that it can be either way; Yes,(comma) Ma'am or Yes(no comma) Ma'am depending on sentence structure.

    My question is which way is it and what are the rules that determine how to properly write it?


    • Join Date: Oct 2006
    • Posts: 19,434
    • Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Yes, Ma'am or Yes Ma'am?

    Correctly there is a comma when a person is addressed by name or title in dialogue.

    Hello, Harry, how are you

    Hey, Gina, long time no see.

    Yes, George, you are right.

    No, sir.

    Yes, ma'am.

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • UK
      • Current Location:
      • Laos

    • Join Date: Nov 2002
    • Posts: 51,892
    • Post Thanks / Like

    Re: Yes, Ma'am or Yes Ma'am?

    By the way, it is pronounced with a short A, not a long one.

Similar Threads

  1. ma'am
    By mhmircea in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 24-May-2007, 15:49


Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts