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I have read some documents and saw two versions:

We certify that Joe Doe, born on the 1st of January 2000, attended something.

We certify that Joe Doe, born on the 1st of January 2000 attended something.

Are both correct?

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    "born on the 1st of January 2000" is a "parenthetical", and requires commas at both ends (unless there's a period instead).
    – Hot Licks
    Commented Nov 4, 2021 at 22:14
  • Well yes it makes sense but I thought comma rules in English are somewhat flexible enough that maybe both versions are grammatically correct
    – Johannes
    Commented Nov 4, 2021 at 22:51
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    Does this answer your question? Usage of brackets/parentheses (etc) Medial parentheticals require balanced offsetting punctuation, whether two ellipses, two dashes, two commas, a pair of brackets, or zero punctuation at each end. Commented Nov 5, 2021 at 19:24

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We certify that Joe Doe, born on the 1st of January 2000, attended something. Correct

We certify that Joe Doe, born on the 1st of January 2000 attended something. Incorrect

The portion between the commas in the first example is information that can be omitted without changing the meaning of the sentence, and for that reason it needs the commas. Think dependent/independent clause relationship.

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