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    Is my punctuation correct?

    I've got some sentences that confused me:

    1- Prestige, call it status if you like, is in great demand these days.

    2- An older law was operating at the box office: if you try to please everybody, you don't please any anybody.

    3- Louise had then-she has it still- something near genius for making improbable persons, places, and sometimes sound attractive.

    4- Dearest, his voice broke, he could speak no more.

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    Re: Is my punctuation correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by malekm View Post
    I've got some sentences that confused me:

    1- Prestige, call it status if you like, is in great demand these days. OK with the commas.

    2- An older law was operating at the box office: if you try to please everybody, you don't please any anybody. OK as it is punctuated.

    3- Louise had then-she has it still- something near genius for making improbable persons, places, and sometimes sound attractive. OK, I would use parenthesis rather than dashes.

    4- Dearest, his voice broke, he could speak no more. I would use a colon after "broke".
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    Re: Is my punctuation correct?

    4- Dearest, his voice broke, he could speak no more.
    I would use a semicolon after broke.

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    Re: Is my punctuation correct?

    . . .if you try to please everybody, you don't please any anybody.
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    Re: Is my punctuation correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    OK, I would use parenthesis rather than dashes.
    Bhaisahab, why is the singular form "parenthesis" correct here? Do we call the string "()" parentheses or parenthesis?

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