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Grammar Repair Shop: Comma in, comma out

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The Gregg Reference Manual says to use a comma to set off abbreviations that follow a person’s name, such as “Jane Doe, CPS.” I recently proofed a newsletter where some names did not have the comma. — Diana

An argument could be made for doing it either way.

Many published style guides, such as the AP Stylebook, say you should always use a comma between a person’s name and any degrees. Example: Jane Doe, M.A. Administrative Professional Today follows AP Stylebook, so we use a comma.

Some editors, though, choose to drop the comma, as IAAP’s OfficePro does. It’s a matter of choosing a rule and sticking with it.

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