2

Usually, we see the following sentence:

Hello Eric, could you please tell me why you are here?

But I am wondering if this one is ok too:

Hello, Eric, could you please tell me why you are here?

Why is it ungrammatical or grammatical? Could you explain?

3

There is a pause in direct address, so, Hello, Eric, is correct. The example from this reference makes this quite clear:

"Let's eat, grandpa," is not the same as "Let's eat grandpa." [Sorry if that's in bad taste.]

  • A noun used in direct address should be set off by commas as a structural matter, whether it spoken with a pause or not. It often is, but the pause is not what requires the comma. – David Siegel Mar 17 at 4:51
  • The comma before Eric is not needed, but it does represent an additional pause, which might indicate that Eric didn't respond immediately to the 'hello'. – amI Mar 17 at 10:02

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.