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  1. This is a wonderful reminder! The only thing I disagree with is the Rachel Hauck example. I would absolutely use commas around her name since you can remove her name and it is still a complete sentence — making it, in my opinion, a nonrestrictive appositive. I love this list and will forward it to my kids. Thank you!

    1. Thanks Elizabeth for the feedback! My rule of thumb is not to use commas with appositive that are names, generally speaking. But you did make me want to go do
      a little research, so thanks for that!

      1. Yes that’s good info . The way I teach this is to clarify that if a proper name (or noun) comes first (precedes the appositive) then use commas around the appositive because the person (proper noun) has been named first, so we know who ( or what) the sentence is referring to, but if the appositive comes first
        (before the proper name/noun) then no commas needed because readers would want to know who/what specifically the appositive is referring to.
        Example: When my best friend Leslie visits, we enjoy sharing family stories. (no commas around Leslie)
        When Leslie, my best friend, visits, we enjoy sharing family stories. (the detail encased in commas is considered non-essential because Leslie is named first) Hope that makes sense The comma after ‘visits’ is also necessary because this sentence begins with a subordinate clause, which is another more complicated rule for using a comma.
        Ahhh, gotta love grammar!!

  2. Toni Ryan says:

    So informative! Thank you!

    1. Thank you, Toni! It’s nice to know other people like these punctuation and/or grammar posts as much as I like writing them!

  3. Great information!
    I’m just wondering why you didn’t include the use of a comma with a conjunction (what I call fanboys) when joining two closely related sentences. This is important to prevent run on and comma splice errors. I’m an English teacher, and I spend a lot of time on this comma rule. much thanks

    1. Yes, Theresa, that is a biggie! I’ve written previous posts that addressed that rule, but it’s been awhile so I’ll add that to my
      next post about commas! Thanks!

      1. Yes! I do believe that would qualify a lesson of its own.

  4. That’s excellent! Thank you!!

  5. Melanie, thanks so much for giving such clarity about using commas. I have a team of writers for our online magazine and community RADIANT.NYC and I’m going to be sharing the link to this article with them. (I know Amy well so please say hi to her from me.)

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