Using Commas with Direct Address

by Tina Blue
March 2, 2004

This will be a very short article, addressed to one simple rule. Use commas to enclose nouns or pronouns or a noun phrase in direct address.


    ~Dr. Harvey, will you have time to see Timmy                   on Thursday?

    ~I am delighted, Mrs. Smith, to hear that you will be         joining us at the opera.

    ~Will you please, sir, speak more loudly and perhaps        project your voice a little?

    ~Ladies and gentlemen, we have to decide on a                nominee before we leave this room.

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