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#213440 - 12/04/13 01:50 PM Is a comma needed after 'mother'?
Lionel Koh Offline
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Registered: 09/24/12
Posts: 41
This is my mother, Susie.

Is a comma needed after 'mother'?

Thanks.

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#213453 - 12/05/13 07:06 AM Re: Is a comma needed after 'mother'? [Re: Lionel Koh]
Faldage Offline
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Registered: 12/01/00
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Leave it out and you're suggesting that you have more than one mother, not an impossibility these days. Put it in and you're ambiguous as to whether your mother's name is Susie or you are introducing your mother to Susie. The latter possibility would, presumably, be cleared up by context.

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#217490 - 07/06/14 02:06 AM Re: Is a comma needed after 'mother'? [Re: Faldage]
Bazr Offline
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Registered: 12/01/08
Posts: 254
Loc: Victoria, Australia
The noun Susie is a nonrestrictive appositive further identifying the noun mother, and Maud should be preceded by a comma.
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