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    Do you write too?

    I'll show you mine if you show me yours!

    Oops. That didn't sound right!
    What do I write? Mostly comments on student papers, along with a mountain of student evaluations. No fiction, alas -- at least, not intentionally! My own writing is primarily on my subject area and I'm afraid it's still in bits and pieces.

    But seriously, you should not hide your fiction from us. (I'm not so sure that sounds right, either!)

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    Maybe we should start an on-line writers group. All topics welcome!
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Maybe we should start an on-line writers group. All topics welcome!
    That sounds like a good idea!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Oops. That didn't sound right!
    Quote Originally Posted by kfredson View Post
    I'm not so sure that sounds right, either!
    I'm afraid I don't get your writers' jokes here -- maybe because I don't write at all . What didn't sound right?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    That sounds like a good idea!
    I second that!

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    I second that!
    <AOL>Me too.</AOL>

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    So, the correct punctuation would be: Is she the person who asked, "Why?" as Barb_D said. Am I right?
    I'm just asking for confirmation because I got a bit confused with all the posts .

    It's a very interesting question and your idea of the writers group is great.

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    I'm just asking for confirmation because I got a bit confused with all the posts .
    I'm afraid you won't get it . We might as well settle for 'it's just a style thing' as Barb suggested.

    On a more personal note: I've come to the conclusion that the more I think about something and start overanalyzing it, the more I'm in trouble of it .

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    Quote Originally Posted by IHIVG View Post
    I'm afraid you won't get it . We might as well settle for 'it's just a style thing' as Barb suggested.

    On a more personal note: I've come to the conclusion that the more I think about something and start overanalyzing it, the more I'm in trouble of it .

    Yes, you're right

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    #29

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    Quote Originally Posted by MASM View Post
    So, the correct punctuation would be: Is she the person who asked, "Why?" as Barb_D said. Am I right?
    I'm just asking for confirmation because I got a bit confused with all the posts .

    It's a very interesting question and your idea of the writers group is great.

    ***** NOT A TEACHER *****

    Good morning.

    (1) I'm confused, too.

    (2) I think that we have a choice: ...?" or ...."?

    (3) I guess we have to make an arbitrary decision.

    (4) I have no proof, but I suspect that most American publications probably would opt for ...?"

    (5) Since I don't do any writing, this matter is strictly an academic matter. But I were a writer, my gut feeling would be ...."?

    (a) I believe that most people accept the following as "correct":

    Who said, "I love English"? (NO period after "English" needed)

    (b) Thus, using the same pattern:

    Who asked, "How old are you"? (NO question mark after "you" needed.)

    *****

    (a) I don't have the guts to write ?"? which might actually be the "correct" answer. Or at least the logical answer. After all, there ARE two questions. But languages are very democratic. Writers have made it clear that they simply refuse to accept ?"?

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    #30

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    I'd accept: Who asked, "How old are you"? (to follow one of your examples) because the question mark would be valid for both questions.
    However, as other poster suggested, I don't think we can get a concrete answer

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