Commas in Direct Address (Dialogue)

When addressing someone directly, use a comma to offset the person's name. If the name comes first, it is followed by a comma:

If the name comes at the end of the sentence, the comma precedes the name:

And if the name comes in the middle of the sentence, surround it with commas:

This rule holds true for titles and other terms used in direct address:


term of direct address =

the name or title of the person you are speaking to


Instructions for the Quiz

Write three sentences of dialogue. Start each line with a tag that identifies the speaker.

Sample Answer:

Nicolas said, "Mom, can we get a dog?"

Judy said, "The problem, Captain, is that the ship is sinking."

Gertrude said, "That's dangerous, Jeff!"