1. victo
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    comma needed?

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by victo, Jun 23, 2015.

    Is a comma needed after "write" below?

    You should write, "I had gone to the supermarket before I went to the mall."

    Should "Love you" be followed by a comma when it's a complimentary closing?

    Hi, Doreen,

    I enjoyed our evening ...

    Love you,

    Pete
     
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    Yes and yes.
     
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    Thanks.
     
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    You don't need or usually have a comma between Hi and Doreen.
     
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    Doreen is a vocative (direct address), so the comma is mandatory here.
     
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    While you're correct, no one I know uses that comma, especially when writing emails. If you left that comma in, I think most people would simply assume you made a typo! :p
     
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    You're right! The name is literally engulfed by commas... looks stupid.
     

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