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A Memo:

TO: All Copy Editors
FROM: Jane Gardiner, Copy Chief
RE: Restrictive Commas

Please note that if a reporter has written "Joe's wife Clara," you must fact-check whether Clara is Joe's only wife. If she is. If she is, there should not be a comma between the words "wife" and "Clara." If she is his second wife, however, you should use the comma.

I find it hard to believe that professionals do not already know this. - Jane

[Underneath, someone has hand-written] BASS ACKWARDS

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