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navi tasan

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Which is correct:

1-Pete Smith at the office says "hello".

2-Pete Smith, at the office, says "hello".

Meaning: Pete, who works at the office, says "hello".

The phrase has to be non-restrictive and therefore I suppose one would need commas. But do people use commas in such cases? Do they pause when they utter the sentence?

Gratefully.
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Which is correct:

1-Pete Smith at the office says "hello".

2-Pete Smith, at the office, says "hello".

Meaning: Pete, who works at the office, says "hello".

The phrase has to be non-restrictive and therefore I suppose one would need commas. But do people use commas in such cases? Do they pause when they utter the sentence?

Gratefully.
Navi.

IOnly # 1 is natural. IMO
 

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A better title would have been 'Pete Smith at the office'.

Extract from the Posting Guidelines:

'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'
 

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Which is correct:

1-Pete Smith at the office says "hello".

2-Pete Smith, at the office, says "hello".

Meaning: Pete, who works at the office, says "hello".

The phrase has to be non-restrictive and therefore I suppose one would need commas. But do people use commas in such cases? Do they pause when they utter the sentence?

Gratefully.
Navi.

I prefer the version without the commas.
 
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