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    salutations / complimentary closings

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by victo, Feb 9, 2015.

    Salutations and Complimentary Closings

    When a salutation appears on a line by itself, are we required to put a comma after "Hi" or "Hello" when a person's name follows?

    Should it be:

    Hi Andrew,

    I am writing to say...

    OR:

    Hi, Andrew,

    I am writing to say...

    And for complimentary closings, do we place a comma after "Thanks" and "Thank you"?

    Examples:

    Hi Andrew,

    I am writing to say ......

    Thank you,

    Steven


    Comma or period after the word " everything" below? I used a comma.

    Hi Andrew,

    I am writing to say ......

    Thank you for everything,

    Steven
     
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    I would change this to:

    Hi, Andrew,

    I am writing to say ......

    Thank you for everything.

    Yours,

    Steven


    But if I left out the "yours", I wouldn't add the comma to the "thank you for..." I don't read that as a closing, so if you end with it, you just have no closing.

    Edited to add: Also, is there any reason why you don't capitalize your subjects? ("salulations/complimentary closings" should be "Salutations/complimentary closings" or "Salutations/Complimentary Closings".)
     
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    When a salutation appears on a line by itself, are we required to put a comma after "Hi" or "Hello" when a person's name follows?
     
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    I wouldn't.

    "Dear Andrew," doesn't require a comma, so why would "Hi Andrew,"?
     
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    The convention in letter/email writing is to omit the comma in the greeting line.

    Not Hi, Andrew,
    but Hi Andrew,

    Thanks or Thank you for everything should not be your sign off. End it with a period.
     
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    Because "Dear" is an adjective and "Hi" is a salutation. Unless Andrew has been patronizing certain shops in Colorado? :D
     
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    Hello or Hi or even What's up are imitations of Dear when in the salutation line of a letter. While the comma might technically be correct, it isn't the convention. Look up any article giving advice about informal emails, and you'll see the same.
     

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