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    punctuation mark for in direct speech.

    Hi,
    I saw a test in one of the web sites but couldn't make head of that. I think there is something wrong with the test.
    This is the test:

    2. What punctuation mark needs to be added to the following sentence in DIRECT speech

    James asked "Are you coming to my house today?"


    A. .
    B. :
    C. !
    D. ,

    Source: Direct and Indirect Speech Quiz

    We should just use the question marl (?) but the options have made me confused.
    Would you please clarify it to me?

    Thank you.

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    #2

    Re: punctuation mark for in direct speech.

    Quote Originally Posted by sb70012 View Post
    Hi,
    I saw a test in one of the web sites but couldn't make head of that. I think there is something wrong with the test.
    This is the test:

    2. What punctuation mark needs to be added to the following sentence in DIRECT speech

    James asked "Are you coming to my house today?"


    A. .
    B. :
    C. !
    D. ,

    Source: Direct and Indirect Speech Quiz

    We should just use the question marl (?) but the options have made me confused.
    Would you please clarify it to me?

    Thank you.
    The question is asking about punctuation after "asked".

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    #3

    Re: punctuation mark for in direct speech.

    And the modern trend is to have no punctuation after 'asked'.

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    #4

    Re: punctuation mark for in direct speech.

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    And the modern trend is to have no punctuation after 'asked'.
    Yes, many people believe that the punctuation marks themselves create the needed break in the sentence.

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    #5

    Re: punctuation mark for in direct speech.

    Quote Originally Posted by sb70012 View Post
    ,I saw a test in one of the web sites but couldn't make head or tail of that.
    5

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    #6

    Re: punctuation mark for in direct speech.

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    5
    Thaks every body. 5JJ, I couldn't understand your meaning by saying "5".
    What did you mean by 5?

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    #7

    Re: punctuation mark for in direct speech.

    It's my name.

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    #8

    Re: punctuation mark for in direct speech.

    Quote Originally Posted by sb70012 View Post
    Thaks every body. 5JJ, I couldn't understand your meaning by saying "5".
    What did you mean by 5?
    "5" is 5jj's signature (shortened). He made an amendment to your original sentence in the quote box above where he wrote "5". Look at it again.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #9

    Re: punctuation mark for in direct speech.

    Quote Originally Posted by sb70012 View Post
    What did you mean by 5?
    If you QUOTE somebody's post, as I have just done, above, you need to write at least one letter/number below the quotation before you can submit it. On my last post, I added something inside the quotation, but had nothing to say outside it. So, I added my signature - or part of it.

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