Another grammar question

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  1. c073186 macrumors 6502a

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    Okay, which is correct:

    A Happy Birthday John.

    B Happy Birthday, John.

    For some reason, I want to say that B is correct. But I have no idea why. Can someone say with certainty which one is proper? Thanks.
     
  2. ZiggyPastorius macrumors 68040

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    B. A would be if "Happy Birthday" was some kind of title, such as "Prankmaster Bill."
     
  3. c073186 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    So... do you always use a comma before a person's name in a sentence? What's the rule that makes B correct? Just wondering...
     
  4. ZiggyPastorius macrumors 68040

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    It's mainly the way it's read. When you read the sentence, you say "Happy Birthday [short pause] John" not "Happy Birthday John."

    Edit: Someone else may be able to answer that question in better "rule" terms. In non-fiction, there may be some specific rule for this, however in fiction, you have much more leeway with commas.
     
  5. Phrasikleia macrumors 601

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  6. AC Rempt macrumors 6502

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    AKA noun of address, but yeah, that's the ticket. It's B.
     
  7. ZiggyPastorius macrumors 68040

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    There you go :)
     
  8. Doctor Q Administrator

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    You are Correct c073186.

    You are also correct, c073186.
     

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