If I wanted to start a sentence with "hey" and follow that with someone's name, would a comma go after the name too? Here's what I mean:


"Hey, Thomas, I'm staying home today."


"Hey, Thomas. I'm staying home today."

Is it wrong to have the comma after Thomas?

  • How about "Hey, Thomas!"? Take your pick. It's a matter of style.
    – deadrat
    Dec 1, 2016 at 0:24

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Yes, put a comma both before and after the name.

I was taught this little trick: if you remove the word between the commas ("Hey, I'm staying home today.") and it's still a complete sentence, then the 2-comma rule applies.

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