Let me just start by saying that I don’t have perfect grammar and never will I claim to, however, there are several consistent errors I’ve noticed in my time here on Tumblr that are simplistic typographical mistakes. Today, I’d like to address one of them!
- Denoting that you are speaking directly to someone.
There’s a joke that I’d like to use as my example. (Perhaps you’ve seen it before?)
Let’s eat, Grandma.
Let’s eat Grandma.
What’s going on here? I’m sure you can read the difference, but on the off chance that you can’t, I’ll explain!
The first indicates that Grandma is the subject being spoken to and that the speaker is asking Grandma to have a bite to eat. All is well in this one as, from what we can gather, it seems to be mealtime and Grandma needs to be pulled away from her M*A*S*H reruns.
The second has a much more serious matter and a macabre undertone. It seems that Grandma is no longer being spoken to — this time, Grandma is what’s for dinner.
A comma can save a life.
When speaking to someone, a comma is used to make this fact known. “Hey, Sora.” That’s how you’d greet me, for example. “Hey Sora,” on the other hand, doesn’t work grammatically.
Sora isn’t hey.
Sora isn’t a type of greeting, either.
"Sora, would you like to go scuba diving?"
"Are you having fun, Sora?"
"Sora, put the Keyblade down!"
"I’M NOT A HEARTLESS, SORA!"
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