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The comma coma ~ writing wine press releases

One use of the comma

Here’s how it works, just to make your press releases read as they should.

Addressing Ann and Peter:

Michael and Mary moved with their two children, Ann and Peter, to the San Francisco Bay Area, in the fall of 1996.

Talking about Ann and Peter:

Michael and Mary moved with their two children Ann and Peter, to the San Francisco Bay Area, in the fall of 1996.

Another use of the comma

Independent clauses (subject and verb) are separated by a comma. You can see the two dependent clauses above, both needing a subject and a verb to make a complete sentence.

INDEPENDENT: Michael and Mary moved with their two children,

DEPENDENT:

  1. to the San Francisco Bay Area,
  2. in the fall of 1996.

When we separate “Ann and Peter,” we must be speaking directly to them, otherwise, we’re just naming them as the children and the sentence flows accordingly.

I can’t count the number of press releases that I’ve received, when the first example use of a comma is used, as if Ann and Peter are being addressed, versus my being the person who is actually being addressed.

You’re welcome.

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