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How do you punctuate "Are you Mr. Jones?" Is that correct or should it be "Are you, Mr. Jones?"

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Please add more context. They are both correct, depending on the context. –  Matt Эллен Mar 21 '12 at 10:08
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It depends on the intended meaning. "Are you Mr Jones?" means you are asking whether he is named Mr. Jones. "Are you, Mr. Jones?" requires context to make sense, e.g.:

I am a member of the committee. Are you, Mr. Jones?

In this example, you already understand that the man is Mr. Jones, and you are asking him whether he is a member of the committee. In essence, the latter sentence is merely short for:

Are you a member of the committee, Mr. Jones?

Naturally, if the context is different, the meaning of Are you, Mr. Jones? also changes.

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Thank you very much. –  Ruth Mar 20 '12 at 18:13
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