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    'Logical' Finale

    British punctuation final questions. Thank you in advance.


    I believe I got 'em all correct (I hope!).


    "Did she say 'I'm not going'?"
    (Okay?)


    Did she say "I'm not going"?
    (Okay?)


    Did she ask "Am I going?"


    "Did she ask 'Am I going?'"


    I'd rewrite it as "I'm happy that he did not participate in the conference".
    (Comma outside the quotes at the end? I say 'yes' because this is a quote, not a dialogue.)


    When it was discovered that he was "besieged by apoplexy", his wife told him to take ten deep breaths.
    (Comma outside?)


    Joan classified him as a "flatulatory idiot".
    (Good?)


    She called him a "schmuck", "schlimazel", "harebrained moron", and "purveyor of malicious quips".


    "She called him a 'schmuck', 'schlimazel', 'harebrained moron', and 'purveyor of malicious quips'."
    (All punctuation good?)


    He said, "Joan classified him as a 'flatulatory idiot'."
    (Ending punctuation okay? I say yes.)


    "When Joan classified him as a 'flatulatory idiot', he became enraged."
    (Good?)


    Joe said that he had "more than enough BS for one day".
    (Good?)


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    Re: 'Logical' Finale

    Quote Originally Posted by frogboxer View Post
    "Did she say 'I'm not going'?" OK, though many would put a comma after 'say'.

    Did she say "I'm not going"? As before.

    Did she ask "Am I going?" Similarly, many would put a comma after 'ask'. I'd end with ...going?"?...

    "Did she ask 'Am I going?'" As before.

    I'd rewrite it as "I'm happy that he did not participate in the conference".
    (Comma outside the quotes at the end? I say 'yes' because this is a quote, not a dialogue.)You mean 'full stop/period'. Some would put a comma after 'as', and would put the full stop inside the quotes. I would put it outside, but I follow my own system, to which nobody appears to object.

    When it was discovered that he was "besieged by apoplexy", his wife told him to take ten deep breaths.
    (Comma outside?). Yes.


    Joan classified him as a "flatulatory idiot".
    (Good?) Only for people who know what 'flatulatory' means.


    She called him a "schmuck", "schlimazel", "harebrained moron", and "purveyor of malicious quips".


    "She called him a 'schmuck', 'schlimazel', 'harebrained moron', and 'purveyor of malicious quips'."
    (All punctuation good?) Yes. She seems to be a little strange. I have never met anyone who would use all four of those terms. Actually, I have never met anyone who would use any of the last three.


    He said, "Joan classified him as a 'flatulatory idiot'."
    (Ending punctuation okay? I say yes.) Some would like this. I'd put the full stop outside the double inverted commas.


    "When Joan classified him as a 'flatulatory idiot', he became enraged."
    (Good?) Well, it's a pretty unlikely sentence, but the punctuation is OK.


    Joe said that he had "more than enough BS for one day".
    (Good?) OK.
    "5jj."

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