How a Comma Killed Tiffany Trump

In a recent tweet, our new president wrote:

Sadly, Trump knows nothing about grammar. If he did, he’d have written:

“My daughter Ivanka” (without the comma).


Because “My daughter Ivanka” means he has multiple daughters, whereas “My daughter, Ivanka” means he has only one. (He has two daughters; the other is Tiffany.)

Commas can kill.

Here’s another example:

“If you’re like to meet my friend, Susan, please join us for dinner.”

means I have only one friend.


“If you’d like to meet my friend Susan, please join for us dinner.”

means Susan is one of my friends.

For more, see Restrictive Apposition.

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