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While I would surround a noun or pronoun with commas, should I do the same for indefinite pronouns? For example:

Have a good weekend, all.

I'm sorry, everybody, I can't do that.


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Vocatives are normally set off with commas, James.

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Thanks, @tchrist, for clearing up the fact that 'all' is also a vocative. – James Rampton Apr 19 '13 at 19:16

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