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Dear Ted:

Which of the following sentences is correctly punctuated?

1) After the usual round of questions, Ryan's concentration is tested by acquisitions expert Stacey.

2) After the usual round of questions, Ryan's concentration is tested by acquisitions expert, Stacey.

Don't you think that no comma is needed/required since "acquisitions expert" is her job title?

Thank you,

Paolo

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Dear Paolo:

Which of the following sentences is correctly punctuated?

1) After the usual round of questions, Ryan's concentration is tested by acquisitions expert Stacey.

2) After the usual round of questions, Ryan's concentration is tested by acquisitions expert, Stacey.

Don't you think that no comma is needed/required since "acquisitions expert" is her job title?

*** If Stacey is the only person with that job title, then the comma should NOT be used.

Ted

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