comma after 'thanks' [interjection]: Thanks, Dad. Thanks, mate.


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For short sentences like these:

"Thanks, Dad." or "Thanks, Mate."

Do we need comma after thanks? Or, would "Thanks Mate" suffice? Also, must the word (mate, dad, mom etc.) be capitalized?

  • I don't think you need a comma. I would capitalise 'Mom/Mum' and 'Dad' but not 'mate' as 'Mum/Dad' are proper nouns but 'mate' is not.
    I reckon the use of the comma is up to you. Some authors write 'I love you, too'...but that just seems weird to me I reckon. And I've also just seen 'I love you too' written in books. So i think in some aspects, it really depends on the person. I also agree with the others in saying that Dad and Mum should be capitalised since their proper nouns but 'mate' definitely shouldn't be.
    What about words like Dear, Darling, Sweetie etc.? Must they be capitalized as in: How are you, Dear? or What's going on, Darling?
    When I send text messages to my children, I end them "Love, Mom." If they said "Love Mom" that would be an instruction to them to love me. Since what I mean is love FROM mom, the comma is needed. However, since "thanks" is not a verb, there is less chance for confusion, but I would still include the comma. ALso I would capitalize Mom and Dad and Aunt Iris, which refer to specific individuals in this case, and thus function as proper nouns.
    No, none of them take the capital because none of them are proper nouns. I suggest you look up the definition of proper nouns. It will help a lot.

    What I mean is given here in this link
    "Consider the following examples:
    • “I am going to the store with my mother.”
      “Would you like to go to the store with me, Mother?”
    In the first instance, you are using the term in a general way, though it’s pretty clear you’re speaking of your mother. In the second example, you use the term as a title and a name, so that the noun becomes a proper noun instead of a common one."

    So I am wondering whether words like 'dear' and 'darling' can also be used in the same way as mentioned above. Even though they're common nouns, like mother and father, don't they assume the nature of a proper noun if you address a person directly as darling, dear, sweetie etc.? Such as: Would you like to come with me, Darling?
    I would say the answer is No. "Darling" and "sweetie" should not be treated as proper nouns. "Mother" is probably what you actually call your mother when you address her, even though perhaps her name is Judith. However, "darling" is probably not what you call your wife whose name is Alice. You probably call her Alice. So "Mother" is like your mom's title, but "darling" is not your wife's title.