I often receive e-mails that begin with the following greeting: “Hi Rachel.” Although this is certainly a friendly way to begin a letter, it violates one of the many comma rules: Always use a comma when directly addressing someone/something, regardless of whether the direct address is at the beginning or end of the sentence. If the direct address is in the middle of a sentence, use a pair of commas to set off the direct address.
Note the placement of commas in the example sentences below:
Example 1: Ladies and gentlemen, may I have your attention? (Direct address at beginning of sentence)
Example 2: It was a pleasure to meet you, Sir. (Direct address at end of sentence)
Example 3: Thank you, my fellow grammarians, for remembering to use correct English. (Direct address in middle of sentence)
So, you see, the salutation “Hi Rachel” should be “Hi, Rachel.” A comma is needed between Hi and Rachel because it is a direct address.
Keep sending the e-mails my way, but remember that I’ll be on the lookout for any missing commas.
What about at the beginning of an email?
Good Morning, John,
Good Morning John,
The latter seems to be more common, and I feel obnoxious doing the former because of that. Please help 🙂
To be technically correct regarding punctuation, there should be a comma between Good morning and John; however, omitting the comma is commonplace these days.
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My co-worker started the first line of an email with the following. Are the commas correct?
Greetings, Bernadette and Dave,
Punctuation rules require the use of a comma between Greetings and Bernadette because it’s direct address. However, it’s common to see it left out, similar to “Dear Bernadette and Dave.”