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Linguist and casual pedant.


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comment Should I capitalize the starting sentence after a greeting that ends in a comma (e.g. “Hello,”)?
[Before I answer that, I'll reiterate that opening a letter with "Hi" is distinctly informal in tone, so if you're concerned about minor details of proper style and comma placement, determining an appropriate mode of address should be of greater concern.] The rule is that there should be no comma between "Hi" and the name, although there should be one after the name. Being non-standard, such an interrupting comma appears as a deliberate break, and so would be read by a native speaker as a distinct mental pause in the sentence - something you probably don't mean to include.
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answered Should I capitalize the starting sentence after a greeting that ends in a comma (e.g. “Hello,”)?
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comment “Oh, for Pete's sake!”
A classic blasphemous curse, subverted into decency by crying out to St Peter, perhaps?
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