Use of Comma


which is correct?  Q.  And, Michael, you are going home?  OR  Q.  And Michael, you are going home?

commas asked May 15 '13 at 01:45 Patty New member

Since it's a direct quote, the 'and' has to be in, but so do the commas. This is a small point, and probably not worth getting into a shouting match about.

Lewis NeidhardtMay 16 '13 at 16:46

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And Michael, you are going home?

link answered May 15 '13 at 10:56 sanjay Expert

Can you explain why I should not off set the direct address with a comma? I have always been taught to do that, but my proofreader says no on this one. Thx.

PattyMay 15 '13 at 13:41

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I'll disagree with Sanjay on this. 'Michael' is a noun of address and needs to be separated from the rest of the sentence. I would not start this sentence with 'and', but if you do, put a comma after it.


Michael, are you going home?

And, Michael, are you going home?

link answered May 15 '13 at 12:52 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

It is a direct quote from a court proceeding, so I have to leave the "and" in there. I have had conflicting answers, so I am not sure which one to use.

PattyMay 15 '13 at 13:40

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