Use of comma in direct address, situation school reports


Is it acceptable these days to write the following sentence without comma punctuation:


Keep up the good work Lucy.




Great work Bobbie!


I proofread for primary school reports and indicated comma usage before the name in each of these 2 examples, citing direct address. However, the teacher was indignant, said she had never been corrected in this way before, and refused to edit her report accordingly. Are my 25 years of editing and associated experience redundant or is this younger teacher writing an acceptable school report in the year 2012?

asked Dec 01 '12 at 02:37 Jane McKenzie New member

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I am incredibly grateful to you for your answers - the reports have gone home to parents, most of whom probably won't even notice, let alone comment. I just needed some support from other editors and grammar nuts out there, and I now feel quietly vindicated, although nothing will change! Thanks again. Jane

link answered Dec 01 '12 at 05:28 Jane McKenzie New member

That's the problem in our profession, isn't it? Unfortunately, using good grammar is like wetting your pants in a dark suit. It gives you a warm feeling, but few people notice (credit to Charlie Brown).

TolleyDec 01 '12 at 20:48

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