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    vocative case

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by victo, Jun 6, 2015.

    Pretty sure a comma is correct in these.

    Thanks, all.

    Hi, everyone.

    Thanks, everybody.


    But no comma, I say, in these:

    Hi there.

    Hello there.

    Agreed?
     
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    I agree. Based just on usage and what looks right, not on my firm grasp of grammar conventions.
     
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    Thanks.
     
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    I think I would agree with the second batch on the grounds that "there" is technically an adverbial phrase, and it's at the end of the utterance, where adverbs naturally belong. In the first examples, you clearly have a vocative/interjection, which should be set off by commas.
     

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