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Commas with Surname Titles

Commas with Family and Professional Titles

Commas with Surname Titles

Commas with Surname Titles 

Play the quick video lesson HERE and click the upper left back arrow to return to this lesson.      

Common Core Language Standard 2

We use titles attached to our names for a variety of reasons. These titles indicate gender, family relationships, qualifications, licences, and educational degrees.

Now let’s read the mechanics lesson and study the examples.

Place a comma before and after any educational degrees and special qualifications which follow peoples’ last names. Educational degrees and special qualifications are often abbreviated. Examples: M.A. for Master of Arts, M.D. for Medical Doctor

Family titles that follow first names, such as Jr. for Junior or IV for the fourth family member with the same first name, are not set off by commas, but family titles that follow first and last names are set off by commas. Examples: John Jr. and Maurice Small, IV

Now circle or highlight what is right and revise what is wrong according to mechanics lesson.

Practice: Hiram Larkin, Sr. met with Hiram Jr., to discuss the hire of Kim Singh, M.A. English.

Let’s check the Practice Answers.

Mechanics Practice Answers: Hiram Larkin, Sr. met with Hiram Jr. to discuss the hire of Kim Singh, M.A. English.

Now let’s apply what we have learned. 

Writing Application: Write your own sentences using a doctor’s title and a family title.


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