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Koh Elaine
Posted: Sunday, November 4, 2018 7:34:52 AM
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Thank you Raymond for taking a chance on a young Bruce Lee and helping him realise his dream. Rest in peace, Raymond.

Shouldn't it be Thank you, Raymond,...?


Thanks.
thar
Posted: Sunday, November 4, 2018 7:49:36 AM

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From a style guide punctuation standpoint, I can't comment. Maybe someone else can.

But from a communication standpoint, in my opinion the sentence is fine as it is because it tells you how to say it.
All in one go, no pauses. Thankyou Raymond. 1234

There is a difference when you add commas - the reader pauses and makes a detour outside the normal sentence.
If you add one comma you have to add two. Otherwise you are cutting it in two and the rest of the sentence has to make sense on its own. The main sentence has to be:
Thankyou for....

so you need two commas if you put any in:

Thankyou, pause Raymond, pause for taking a chance on........


That is not what he said in his mind as he wrote it, so that is not what he wrote.

He was addressing Raymond. Thankyou Raymond.

The name is not an optional extra, a detour from the main sentence. It is an integral part of the sentence, even the focus of it.

This is informal, 'from the heart' writing, so it is showing what he 'said' as he said it. To me that makes it fine.
I am interested to see the opinion of others, though.
hedy mmm
Posted: Sunday, November 4, 2018 9:15:31 AM

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thar wrote:
He was addressing Raymond. Thankyou Raymond.. There are no pauses...

You are correct, however, 'thank you' are two words.

If I was thanking you I'd say, "Thankyou thar" ...if I was thanking you, I would say "Thank you, hedy", because I'm thanking you...hope I've made sense...

Thank you thar, your responses are succinct, as always. hedy


"God graced us with today....don't waste it." hedy
thar
Posted: Sunday, November 4, 2018 9:30:43 AM

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ah, my thumb is just lazy. Say it, write it. Whistle
I suppose I should be good when answering language questions, but sometimes I just think 'nah'.
Hope123
Posted: Sunday, November 4, 2018 10:23:14 AM

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hedy mmm wrote:
thar wrote:
He was addressing Raymond. Thankyou Raymond.. There are no pauses...

You are correct, however, 'thank you' are two words.

If I was thanking you I'd say, "Thankyou thar" ...if I was thanking you, I would say "Thank you, hedy", because I'm thanking you...hope I've made sense...

Thank you thar, your responses are succinct, as always. hedy


I have always treated "thank you, Thar" to be a complete sentence when it means "I thank you, Thar". Is this old fashioned and it is now being treated as a sentence fragment with only a comma separating the sentences?

The past is to be respected/acknowledged, not worshipped. It is in our future we will find our greatness. Pierre Trudeau
hedy mmm
Posted: Sunday, November 4, 2018 10:29:38 AM

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Ditto thar...
This reminds me of the necessity of a comma...
"Let's eat Grandma"
"Let's eat, Grandma"
Commas save lives!
hedy


"God graced us with today....don't waste it." hedy
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