21 January 2012

Grammar Lessons from the Future English Teacher: Installment 4


Today's lesson will be a quick one: direct address. If you are directly addressing someone/something, this means that you are talking to him/her/them/it. If you are writing or typing your direct address, you need to use at least one comma.

Example:

Did you hear me, Watson?

Easy. Now, if your address is in the middle of a sentence, there needs to be a comma before AND after the name.

Example:

What I said, Watson, was to stop eating all of my cheese.

Also easy. If your address is at the beginning of the sentence, the comma goes after.

Example:

Watson, please buy me some more cheese.

EASY. Please use commas.

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