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Informal Email Greeting Grammar

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Informal Email Greeting Grammar

dsilva
When sending an informal email I open by saying:

Good Morning Sue,

My superior has stated that it must read:

Good Morning, Sue

I am wondering what your answer might be on this. I don't want to know if it is correct to start my email in this manner, just where the proper placement of the comma should be. Thank you for your help!
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OldER Mycroft

The simple fact that you are sending an email that might not be opened in the MORNING.

Therefore if the recipient (Sue) opens the email in the afternoon or the evening, it'll look pretty daft if you open with "Good morning..." won't it?

Strictly speaking, unless you are standing face to face with someone, you can't advisedly use the phrase 'good morning'. It is also rather formal if you are then attaching a personal name to it, rather than a surname. It wouldn't seem correct to me IMHO.

Since you have already dedicated the email to the recipient by sending it to them, it's not really necessary to use their name at the top of the email, but that is a personal choice.

By the way - "Good Morning, Sue" is grammatically incorrect on 2 counts - it should be "Good morning Sue," with the comma after all three words but lower case for 'morning'.

Proper usage of a comma dictates that its usage should be to infer where a breath be taken in the midst of reading a long sentence out aloud. The use of the pause to breathe can be used to confirm a natural judgement within the sentence, or to emphasise a point being made, or to allow the speaker to breathe without losing the point of the written words.

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robo_dev

it should be:

Good morning, Sue

since 'good morning' is an interjection.

But I am also fond of:

Yo, Su-meister:

Wazzup, Saxy Suzaaaay!

In most salutations I simply attach a simple vb script to query the time of day and analyze the org chart to determine if the individual is higher or lower on the food chain. From there you do a database lookup of the age of the person, their likes and dislikes from their Facebook profile, and construct the greeting programmatically.

Here goes:

Dearest most honorable black-coffee-with-vodka Mycroft:

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OldER Mycroft

I didn't give the comma enough thought.

Best to update your database for the deletion of vodka and the inclusion of single malt. Other than that, you were spot on.

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robo_dev

call Macallan <sub>
remove ice <ice>
gosub remove Absolut <remove Absolut>
Parse
Run

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The Scummy One

and just send the message.

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OldER Mycroft

Your real name was CURT !!

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The Scummy One

Was I really THAT rude???

Hmmm, maybe a little. :^0

Ok, maybe I should have written that he should give up trying to go out with her because she is clearly not interested, and he is heading for a sexual harassment suite.

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OldER Mycroft

When I think of all those thousands of pixels that I needlessly put to work, in order to say what you accomplished in one line!! :^0

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The Scummy One

not to be too rude, however, ya never know with me :^0

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robo_dev

'Good Morning' is an interjection, and interjections should get followed by commas since they are ...just like Hi, Hello,....

An interjection is a part of speech that usually has no grammatical connection with the rest of the sentence and simply expresses emotion on the part of the speaker.

If you use 'Dear', then it's an adjective, so no comma is needed.

If her given name were MorningSue, then Good would be the adjective, and no comma is needed.

Now usage is subject to culture, and nobody likes pointy-headed pedantics.....

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boxfiddler Moderator

Does that make me nobody? :0

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saveophelia

I would put a comma between my greeting and the name of the recipient.

Hi, Sue.

I do this because the word "hi" is an interjection and is considered a complete sentence. Other interjections are words like "Ouch!" or "Darn!".

"Good morning" is also an interjection and is pretty much complete. So at the beginning of the message, I would write:

Good morning, Sue.

I would place a period right at the end though, as it is a complete sentence.

So, your boss is mistaken as well.

Hope that helps.