Which is correct?

Tom and his brother, John, went to Australia.

Tom and his brother, John went to Australia. 

asked May 21 '13 at 01:21 kek New member

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Sanjay's answer is correct for a certain situation: if the brother's name, John, is not essential information for understanding the sentence, but is instead extra information.  


But if the brother's name (John) is essential information for fully understanding the statement, no commas should precede or follow the name.


Tom and his brother, John, went to Australia.  (John only has one brother, or his name is not at all important for the context.)


Tom and his brother John went to Australia.  (John has more than one brother.)

link comment answered May 21 '13 at 12:00 Shawn Mooney Expert

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