comma with apposition (name): Her supervisor Susan wanted to...

  • Vikorr

    Senior Member
    Australia, English
    The first sentence is most correct, but in most sentences neither would be.

    Commas in english, are used to separate phrased idea's. Or another way of looking at it - whenever you would deliberately pause when speaking a sentence (not an incidental pause because you run out of breath), you would insert a comma.

    'Her supervisor Susan' is really just the subject of the topic.

    'Her supervisor Susan wanted to implement a new procedure'


    'As her Supervisor, Susan could tell her (the employee) to serve customers"

    edit : the above posters sentence is fine also :)

    Giordano Bruno

    Senior Member
    English, England
    I have my money on Vikorr. I think the commas are unnecessary. Trina's version is perfectly correct of course and it is only a matter of taste and style.


    New Member
    i think the commas are necessary.Because the commas put in a sentence change the meaning of it and it's a grammer rule.


    Senior Member
    Her supervisor Susan, wanted to ...
    Her supervisor, Susan wanted to ...

    which one is correct?
    These are both correct:

    Her supervisor Susan wanted to ...
    Her supervisor, Susan, wanted to ...

    But you must either use two commas or none here.

    Sometimes the appositive and the word it identifies are so closely related that the comma can be omitted, as in "His wife Eleanor suddenly decided to open her own business." We could argue that the name "Eleanor" is not essential to the meaning of the sentence (assuming he has only one wife), and that would suggest that we can put commas both before and after the name (and that would, indeed, be correct). But "his wife" and "Eleanor" are so close that we can regard the entire phrase as one unit and leave out the commas.


    This simply says that this is correct:

    "His wife, Eleanor, suddenly decided to open her own business."


    Leaving out the commas, because it causes no problem in understanding, is also fully acceptable:

    "His wife Eleanor suddenly decided to open her own business."

    You have a choice. If in doubt, use the commas. They are not wrong.