Direct Address

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How do I punctuate a direct address?

Direct Address

When directly addressing someone, the name or title must be set off by commas.

Thank you again, Mr. Smith, for your kind remarks regarding our company.



1/11/2009 9:56:38 AM
KB said:

What if the direct address is a question in the middle of the sentence? How would I properly punctuate it? For example, Ranger, "don't red wolves hide in natural caves?" asked a young student. Is this correct? Thanks.

7/5/2012 2:00:58 PM
Joyce Jones said:

When someone is addressed in this way: "And Mr. Jones, what would you say to"..., should I insert a comma after "And"? Thanks.


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