Comma placement with names

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I am Al.  My brother's name is Bob.  My newborn son's name is Dan.  I visit Bob for the first time with my new son.  "Here is your nephew, Dan."  Do I need the comma, or not.  "Here is your nephew, Bob."  Comma or not.

asked Sep 07 '12 at 16:21 Al New member

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Great question.  The comma separates the name from nephew.  Bob needs a comma and Dan does not.  You could say, "Here's your nephew Dan, Bob."

link answered Sep 07 '12 at 16:23 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

Thank you.

sanjaySep 07 '12 at 17:05

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"Here is your nephew, Bob."

 

In this one, you definitely need the comma. Otherwise it would sound as though "Bob" is the name of your son. If you want to be totally clear, I'd rearrange the sentence: "Bob, here is your nephew."

 

"Here is your nephew Dan."

 

In this one, keep the comma out, so it's clear that the name of your son is Dan. The use of the comma would be grammatically correct, but confusing.

link answered Sep 07 '12 at 16:27 Actually Holly Expert

Thank you.

sanjaySep 07 '12 at 17:06

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