When using the vocative comma, would it go before "all"?

"Thank you, all, again!"

Or would it be without the comma?

"Thank you all again!"

Is this different from "everybody"?

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    I think that using a pair of commas in "Thank you all again!" would be far too heavy-handed for such a small parenthetical. // I don't consider "Thank you, everybody, again!" to be idiomatic. I'd use "Thank you, everybody, once again!" or "Thank you again, everybody!" Nov 24 '16 at 22:30

No, you cannot put a comma between you and all because they’re a fused set. All works like both when modifying you. So imagine this:

1 You for just one person. 2. You both or you two for a pair of people. 3. Things like you all, you guys, you folks, you people for more than two people. (But careful with the last one; it doesn’t sound good.)

So yes, you all is different from everybody. There is no *you everybody, so that one is an appositive use and takes a comma.

  • Thank you, everybody.
  • Thanks, you all.
  • Thanks, you two.
  • I’d like to thank you guys for this.
  • I’d like to thank you both for this.
  • “You all” doesn’t necessarily have to be a fused set; you could say “Thank you again, all” and be fine, though it does sound a bit old-fashioned. Dec 25 '16 at 10:51

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