Best Comma Guides to Writing Professionally

Commas Guides

To be professionally qualified for freelancing jobs or keep yourself going on the freelancing path, it’s highly recommended that you give attention to the least of details in writing, starting with the proper use of punctuation marks.

The better grasp of all writing skills you have, the better you will be in the professional space.

And I’m sure you don’t want to sell yourself off to cheap grammatical errors that are visible to the “blind eyes”, because when you break the rules of grammar, you’re telling the world of writers that you have not started yet – especially when you are unrepentant.

Punctuation rules are often ignored when you speak that you think you know it all until you put your thoughts to paper, run it through some word processing software and your errors are laid bare before your eyes. So, if you want to know where you stand grammatically, writing is the way.

In reality, punctuation marks should be applied when you speak too. In fact, you know how bad some people are in the understanding of punctuation marks when they speak. They mumble everything together and you wonder aloud!

I was once there and still outgrowing some of those little foxes…

So, Why Are You Here?

For some time now, I’ve had to deal with the improper use of commas that I see around and I wish to right the wrong today.

And so we will, together.

Note: This isn’t all about punctuation marks. I am only addressing the commonest of all. A detailed guide to using punctuation marks correctly will be published soon. Thanks.

Punctuation Marks with Wishes

Happy birthday sister. (wrong)
Happy birthday, sister. (right)

Happy birthday my sister. (wrong)
Happy birthday, my sister. (right).

Generally, when you need to introduce any form of greetings, wishes or expressions of love with a name attached to it, you are to use comma(s) appropriately.

The breaking point is reached with the expression you can write or say without adding the person’s name.

To make it easier to understand…

These are treated as names:
Dear, my dear, my love, my dear friend, my great sister, dear friend, my sweetheart, etc.

These are treated as complete expressions:
I love you, I love you so much, I love you wholeheartedly, I miss you, good morning, good morning to you, I’m sorry, I’m so sorry, apologies, etc.

In that regard, the following examples are correct:

Good morning, dear.
Good morning, my dear.
Good morning to you, my dear.
Good morning to you, my dear friend.
Do have a good morning, sweetheart.
I wish you the best of today, my love.
Apologies, dear.

It’s the same when the name is before the expression:

Dear, good morning.
My dear, good morning.
My dear, good morning to you.
My dear friend, good morning to you.
Sweetheart, do have a good morning.
My love, I wish you the best of today.
Dear, apologies.

The above technique also works for good night, I love you, I’m sorry, thank you, happy birthday, I miss you… Etc.

More examples:
Good morning, sir.
I’m sorry, ma.
Thanks, dear.
Thank you, dear.
Thank you so much, my wife.
Thank you for everything, sister.
Thank you for saving me, God.

Over to You:
Write some examples to prove your understanding of the guides. Use the comment box below.

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You’re super special, darling.
I’m amazed by your kindness, sweetheart.
You’re the best, mom.

Sir, how about;
OK, sir.
You look good especially, because of your smile.
There’s development in that town, because they have a good leader.

Thanks a lot, sir for taking time to teach us this.


I also need clarity on;

He said that, you’re beautiful!

Sir, is the above example correct!

Abiodun Ajala
Abiodun Ajala

I actually love this! You taught this, some months back.

Have a nice day, sweetie.

Thanks for coming, dearie.

Doris Emmanuel
Doris Emmanuel

Have a super duper birthday, my son.

It is well with you, Sir.


I’ll be back in a jiffy, dearie.
You made me feel better, thank you.
Sorry, I wasn’t talking to you.
Not again, I just made a mistake.

Olubisose Samuel
Olubisose Samuel

You’re the best, my dear.
Have a lovely day, sweetheart.
You mean the world to me, my dear friend.
My love, I miss you.
Darling, I’m blessed to have you.


How was your day my love (wrong)
How was your day, my love (right)

Trust you slept well honey (wrong)
Trust you slept well, honey (right)

Erioluwa Dada
Erioluwa Dada

Dear Lord, let your grace dwell in my family…
Should there be comma before writing Lord? Or this is okay?

Olawande ifeoluwa tobiloba.
Olawande ifeoluwa tobiloba.

What of “happy birthday to you once again, my sister.” Is this wrong or correct

Olawande ifeoluwa tobiloba.
Olawande ifeoluwa tobiloba.

I love you, God.

Abimbola Joseph

Thank you for checking on me, dear.
Happy Sunday, my friend.
Have a great weekend, sweetheart.

Felix Ayuk
Felix Ayuk

Happy birthday to you, darling.
Have an awesome morning, my sweetheart.
I love you so much, mom.


This is a good post. I just found myself on this blog and I have already spotted some good, relevant topics i need to revisit soon. The issue of appropriate use of comma is a very important one but only a few writers are paying attention to it.
I hope to read more of such posts here soon — especially on the use of punctuation marks like the semicolon and the “double stroke hyphen (–).

Olabisi Ajagbe
Olabisi Ajagbe

If it is happy birthday to you honey nko
It will be happy birthday to you, honey.
If it has conjunction like and, is there need for comma?

Samson Osuman
Samson Osuman

Examples of appropriate use of comma:

Ifemi, happy birthday to you.

Goodnight, my lovely friend.

Happy wedding anniversary, hubby.

I miss you tenderly, wifey.


The use of commas is always essential. Here are some examples:

Here is the pen, Sir.
Have a lovely day, my girl.

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