The comma

Use a comma to separate a direct address from the rest of the sentence

In reality you can hear this comma when you read your work out loud.

“I’m telling you, Sam, I need a room to work in.”
“But, Honey… the kitchen?”
“You have the garage.”
“But, Honey, what if I’m hungry?”
“Too bad, Sam. We writers need what we need.”
“Honey, you gotta listen. I can’t eat grease and oil.”
“You would if you were a robot, Sam.”

Okay so that’s not great literature, but you get the idea. A name, somebody talking to somebody, and you separate it from the rest by a comma. “Got it, comma, Writer?”


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