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    Please help with these 3 sentences

    I am wring essay about Oedipus, the King. I was wondering if someone could help me with the following 3 sentences.

    1. Oedipus's final action proves that he is indeed a man to be respected.
    (Should "indeed" come first before "is"? Is it correct-Oedipus's)

    2. All along, the one he is tracking and hunting for is none other than himself; however , he is not aware of it.
    (Is everything is ok with this sentence?)

    3. In the play, "Oedipus the King", by Sophocles, the main character...
    (Are commas are correctly placed here?)

    Again, thank you very much.

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    Re: Please help with these 3 sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by rewind123 View Post
    I am wring essay about Oedipus, the King. I was wondering if someone could help me with the following 3 sentences.

    1. Oedipus's final action proves that he is, indeed, a man to be respected. Note the use of commas.

    (Should "indeed" come first before "is"? NO Is it correct-Oedipus's) Technically, NO.
    According to Strunk and White's Elements of Style ( Rules of Usage. Strunk, William, Jr. 1918. Elements of Style ) it's Oedipus'. Many disagree. Check out the link and decide for yourself.

    2. All along, he is tracking and hunting none other than himself. However, he is not aware of it.


    3. In Oedipus the King by Sophocles, the main character in the play...
    Note that titles of plays are written in italics or they may be underlined.

    Again, thank you very much.
    John
    Last edited by JohnParis; 21-Nov-2011 at 18:23. Reason: spacing

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    Re: Please help with these 3 sentences

    Thank you very much for your reply. Greatly appreciated!

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    Re: Please help with these 3 sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by rewind123 View Post
    I am wring essay about Oedipus, the King. I was wondering if someone could help me with the following 3 sentences.

    1. Oedipus's final action proves that he is indeed a man to be respected.
    (Should "indeed" come first before "is"? Is it correct-Oedipus's)

    2. All along, the one he is tracking and hunting for is none other than himself; however , he is not aware of it.
    (Is everything is ok with this sentence?)

    3. In the play, "Oedipus the King", by Sophocles, the main character...
    (Are commas are correctly placed here?)

    Again, thank you very much.
    As addendum to JohnParis's post, I would add that the possessive rule is, apostrophe s. However, some "authorities" allow the apostrophe to follow the singular noun ending in s. Regardless of the written form, pronunciation is perhaps a more practical issue, and rather than pronounce, for example, the possessive of Oedipus as "Oedipuses final action", many (including me) would prefer the much simpler "Oedipus final action".

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    Re: Please help with these 3 sentences

    Quote Originally Posted by billmcd View Post
    Regardless of the written form, pronunciation is perhaps a more practical issue, and rather than pronounce, for example, the possessive of Oedipus as "Oedipuses final action", many (including me) would prefer the much simpler "Oedipus final action".
    I'm an 'Oediouses' man when it comes to saying the word.

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    Re: Please help with these 3 sentences

    Thanks for your replies! I've submitted that assignment this morning! Thanks for your help!

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