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    Use of comma with pronoun

    hi all.......I wanted to ask about position of comma after 'you' in "Thank you Dr. Katz for referring this patient to me". Thanks.

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    Re: Use of comma with pronoun

    No comma required.


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    Re: Use of comma with pronoun

    In my book, commas are needed to isolate Doctor Kurtz. If they are not used, then it should be "Thanks to Doctor...."

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    Re: Use of comma with pronoun

    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    In my book, commas are needed to isolate Doctor Kurtz. If they are not used, then it should be "Thanks to Doctor...."
    Punctuation does indeed differ across the pond; however, I am not quite sure if the Thank you(,) Dr(.) Katz(,) for ... reflects one of those differences. Both are used, no?

    [1] Thank you Dr(.) Katz for ...
    Restrictive sense. The phrase Dr(.) Katz is an integral part of the utterance, essential if you will, and for that reason cannot be left out of the sentence without changing its meaning.
    [2] Thank you, Dr. Katz, for ... .
    Non-restrictive sense. The pharse Dr(.) Katz is added information, non-essential, and for that reason can be left out without changing the meaning of the sentence.
    The commas, however, signal a pause in speech which has the effect of altering intonation, which in turn can be interpreted as emphasis, giving the meaning as [1].
    In short, [2] is ambigous; [1] is not. I should have stated that in my original post. My apologies.

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