Guest:Please advise regarding the following sentence (or others like it):
1) Generic Software Systems, Inc. has been producing software for 30 years.
Should there be a comma after "Inc."?
If so, what about this sentence:
2) Today, Generic Software Systems, Inc., and Professional Education Technologies, Inc. (PET), have come together through a stock merger.
Should the second "Inc." comma go before or after "(PET)"?
I am fried at work and just can't remember right now.
Generic Software Systems, Inc. has been producing software for 30 years.
Sentence (2) should be written as follows:
Today, Generic Software Systems, Inc. and Professional Education Technologies, Inc. (PET) have come together through a stock merger.
There shouldn't be a comma following either "Inc." or "(PET)".
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taiwandaveIn sentence (1), there shouldn't be a comma after "Inc.". The way you wrote it was correct:Oh, no! That's wrong.
Include two commas, one before and one after "Inc." The word is an appositive.
Alternatively, use no commas at all. The tendency to use no commas is endorsed by the Chicago Manual of Style and the Associated Press, which are used by most publications in the U.S.
Anonymous:I have been searching for an answer to the same question. I have found that it depends on the style guide you reference. One source I read said that you look at the organization's letterhead and write the name as it appears on the letterhead, with our without commas. I've also found that commas should be used before and after the organization's designation (e.g., Inc., LLC, etc.). Then, I've also read, as was the first response to your question, that there are no commas required at all. I think the important thing to do is to decide on your style, or refer to the company's style guide if it has one, and remain consistent.
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