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When I'm asking a person about something where should I put a person's name? Which of the following is correct?

  1. Jem do you know....?
  2. Do you know Jem...?
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Either. Both lack commas to separate the clause which specifies who you are addressing from what you are asking:

Jem, do you know…?

Do you know, Jem,…?

Without that, the first is strange and the second would appear at first to be asking someone if they knew Jem.

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