Results 1 to 5 of 5
  1. Ferdie11's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Tagalog
      • Home Country:
      • Philippines
      • Current Location:
      • Philippines

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 330
    #1

    The real question is, what would the mail services do without you?

    Hi,

    I'm a little confused with the sentence below. I thought that we should never put comma (,) after a verb like is. Can you tell me why is it used in this sentence.

    The real question is, what would the mail services do without you?

    Thanks,

    Ferdie

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • England

    • Join Date: Jun 2010
    • Posts: 24,449
    #2

    Re: The real question is, what would the mail services do without you?

    The correct punctuation would be

    The real question is, 'What would the mail services do without you?'
    (The comma is optional in that sentence.)

    When the inverted commas are informally omitted, as in your sentence, the comma after is indicates a pause for breath.

    Rover

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Dec 2009
    • Posts: 6,330
    #3

    Re: The real question is, what would the mail services do without you?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ferdie11 View Post
    Hi,

    I'm a little confused with the sentence below. I thought that we should never put comma (,) after a verb like is. Can you tell me why is it used in this sentence.

    The real question is, what would the mail services do without you?

    Thanks,

    Ferdie

    NOT A TEACHER


    (1) A comma introduces a quotation that does not have quotation marks:

    The question is, How high will prices rise?

    SOURCE: The New York Times Manual of Style and Usage (1999).

    (2) Use a comma to separate duplicated [same] words that would be confusing

    without a comma:

    What the problem is, is not clear.

    SOURCE: The Associated Press Stylebook and Libel Manual (1994).

    (3) A direct question included within another sentence is usually set off

    with a comma:

    What troubled Babs was, when had Anselm discovered that the key was missing?

    SOURCE: The Chicago Manual of Style (14th edition).

  2. Ferdie11's Avatar
    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • Tagalog
      • Home Country:
      • Philippines
      • Current Location:
      • Philippines

    • Join Date: Jul 2009
    • Posts: 330
    #4

    Re: The real question is, what would the mail services do without you?

    Quote Originally Posted by TheParser View Post
    NOT A TEACHER


    (1) A comma introduces a quotation that does not have quotation marks:

    The question is, How high will prices rise?

    SOURCE: The New York Times Manual of Style and Usage (1999).

    (2) Use a comma to separate duplicated [same] words that would be confusing

    without a comma:

    What the problem is, is not clear.

    SOURCE: The Associated Press Stylebook and Libel Manual (1994).

    (3) A direct question included within another sentence is usually set off

    with a comma:

    What troubled Babs was, when had Anselm discovered that the key was missing?

    SOURCE: The Chicago Manual of Style (14th edition).

    So, "The real question is, what would the mail services do without you?" is correct?

    • Member Info
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States

    • Join Date: Dec 2009
    • Posts: 6,330
    #5

    Re: The real question is, what would the mail services do without you?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ferdie11 View Post
    So, "The real question is, what would the mail services do without you?" is correct?


    NOT A TEACHER


    (1) Yes, it is correct.

    (2) And some people would prefer a uppercase (capital) "w" in "What would the ...."

Similar Threads

  1. [Grammar] return mail, returnd mail, return-mail
    By uktous in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 18-Oct-2010, 13:23
  2. Question regarding restaurant services
    By scott833 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 18-Jul-2010, 23:49
  3. Services offered or offered services?
    By lazybear in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 11-Feb-2010, 14:17
  4. [question]How to acknowledge an e-mail?
    By 0915reg in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 4
    Last Post: 07-Feb-2007, 09:04
  5. in-services
    By Hanka in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 03-Feb-2007, 09:41

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •