Commas with names at the beginning of sentences


I have to transcribe what people say. I can't change the words. "And" is sometimes used at the beginning of sentences when they speak. Are these sentences punctuated correctly?


And Mrs. Jones? (addressing Mrs. Jones and seeking an answer to a question previously posed)


And Mrs. Jones, where do you work?

edited Jun 14 '13 at 18:07 Mindy Martin New member

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Whenever you use a noun of address, it's separated from the rest of the sentence with commas.


And, Mrs. Jones, where do you work?

Mrs. Jones, where do you work?

And where do you work, Mrs. Jones?

link answered Jun 14 '13 at 15:58 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

Thank you for your response. Please read on.

Q: What did Mr. and Mrs. Jones do at this time?A. Mr. Jones didn't do a thing.Q. And Mrs. Jones?No comma because Q is not addressing Ms. Jones. I get it.But what about this?Q. Mr. Squib, do you believe you could be a fair and impartial juror?A. Yes, I do.Q. And Mrs. Jones? (addrssing Mrs. Jones). A. Yes, I do.This is my real question. Should it beQ. And, Mrs. Jones?

Mindy MartinJun 14 '13 at 18:15

Nope, no comma is needed after "and."

Actually HollyJun 14 '13 at 18:57

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I'm not sure I understand the question,  but both options make grammatical sense.  However, in Standard English you can remove the full stop at the end of Mrs.   On the other hand I believe that Americans prefer to leave it in.

link comment answered Jun 14 '13 at 15:48 Michael Cranfield Expert

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