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For example, when writing an email to an associate saying

Good afternoon, Joel.

Or should there be a comma instead of the period?

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No, there should not be a full stop. Usually a greeting would be succeeded by a comma like so:

Good afternoon Joel,

-insert message here-

Thank you,


  • By the way, "full stop" is typical BrE, "period" is typical AmE. – Brian Hitchcock Apr 29 '15 at 8:14

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