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    comma or question mark?

    One Sunday night, my family went shopping, leaving me alone. “Hey! Aren’t they inconsiderate?/inconsiderate! They didn’t even wake me up to tell me that they were going out,” I exclaimed. Then I turned on the lights and did my English homework, which I had to hand in to the teacher the following day.

    Should I use a question mark or an exclamation mark next to 'inconsiderate'? I think an exclamation mark could be used because it emphasises 'inconsiderate'. However, I wonder if a question mark is obligatory.

    Many thanks.

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    Re: comma or question mark?

    Hello TE,

    I would use an exclamation mark: cf. "i exclaimed".

    (It's an exclamation in the form of a question, i.e. a rhetorical question.)

    All the best,

    MrP

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    Re: comma or question mark?

    Quote Originally Posted by MrPedantic View Post
    Hello TE,

    I would use an exclamation mark: cf. "i exclaimed".

    (It's an exclamation in the form of a question, i.e. a rhetorical question.)

    All the best,

    MrP
    What is 'cf.", may I know?

    Thanks.

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    Re: comma or question mark?

    Sorry, "cf." = "compare".

    (And "i exclaimed" should have been "I exclaimed"!)

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    Re: comma or question mark?

    Quote Originally Posted by MrPedantic View Post
    Sorry, "cf." = "compare".

    (And "i exclaimed" should have been "I exclaimed"!)

    MrP
    Thanks, MrP.

    'cf' stands for 'compare'. I'm curious to know how 'cf' came to stand for 'compare' instead of say 'cp' or 'ce'. Is 'cf' derived from the short form of a word from another language?

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    Re: comma or question mark?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    Thanks, MrP.

    'cf' stands for 'compare'. I'm curious to know how 'cf' came to stand for 'compare' instead of say 'cp' or 'ce'. Is 'cf' derived from the short form of a word from another language?
    cf:
    - is an abbreviation for the Latin word confer
    - used in writing to introduce something else that should be compared or considered.


    Hope this helps...

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