Volume 3, Number 31, May 10, 1999
Commas in Direct Address
Use a comma to separate the name of someone who is being addressed from the message.
Karen, you are my favorite cousin.
I made this soup for you, Mom.
The following examples do not require a comma:
Karen is my favorite cousin.
I made the soup for Mom.
All of the following sentences start or end with a name. Some do not require a comma. Some sentences start or end with the name of someone who is being told the other words in the sentence. Insert the missing commas in those sentences.
1. Cheryl and I saw the new school buses.
2. Cheryl I saw the new school buses.
3. Ryan why did you draw pictures on the kitchen wall?
4. Ryan wondered if he should draw on the wall.
5. Miss Joan are you taking your students out for recess?
6. Did you eat the cat’s food Sasha?
7. Did we remember to feed Sasha?
8. I like your painting Brian.
9. Look out the window John!
10. Open the window for John.
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