Artem Yevstafiev (scarmaker) wrote in linguaphiles,
Artem Yevstafiev
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linguaphiles

Separation of address with commas

Dear members of the community,

There is a question that I would like to clarify with your help.

In some languages addresses to a person are always separated by commas.

Instead, I noticed that in English most people would write "Good evening, Mr. Smith", but "Hi John" or "Hello Peter".

Is there a general rule regulating this?

In my opinion it should be "Hi, John". Because there is a comma in a sentence like this: "By the way, Mary, how are you today?"

What are your opinions?

And if English is not your mother tongue, please write how it is in your language. (Although I noticed that Italians write "Ciao Massimo" and Poles "Cześć Marysio").
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