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Using Commas


The Renaming Comma

The renaming comma is used to enclose a word or group of words that renames a person or thing already named in the sentence.

Examples:

• Bill Jones, the president of Interwest Health Services, will speak at the luncheon. (the president of Interwest Health Services renames Bill Jones)
• Pamela Adams, a business education teacher in the Manchester School District, has received the district's "Teacher of the Year" award again this year. (a business education teacher in the Manchester School District renames Pamela Adams)
• We sent the checks to the president, Marlow Marchant, and to the vice president, Alan Kimball. (Marlow Marchant renames the president, and Alan Kimball renames the vice president)

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