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    The trouble is: Ms Squires did not visit these places herself

    The writer Rosie Squires made the allegations that Australian puppy farmers are making thousands of dollars selling dogs to pet shops in Singapore, where the animals are "forced to live in squalor and confinement".

    The trouble is: Ms Squires did not visit these places herself. Nor did she make the trip to Singapore.

    (From The New Paper)

    Is a comma after "is" needed?

    Thanks.

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    Re: The trouble is: Ms Squires did not visit these places herself

    You have posted a colon rather than a comma. But for myself, I like the comma.

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    Re: The trouble is: Ms Squires did not visit these places herself

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    You have posted a colon rather than a comma. But for myself, I like the comma.
    Thanks, probus.

    It was a typo. Would it be wrong if I used no punctuation at all?

    The trouble is Ms Squires did not visit these places herself. Nor did she make the trip to Singapore.

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    Re: The trouble is: Ms Squires did not visit these places herself

    Quote Originally Posted by kohyoongliat View Post
    Thanks, probus.

    It was a typo. Would it be wrong if I used no punctuation at all?

    The trouble is[that] Ms Squires did not visit these places herself. Nor did she make the trip to Singapore.
    I would add "that". This is a good example of one place it's best not to leave it out. (I guess you know that there is a "that" there, whether it's explicit or not.)

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    Re: The trouble is: Ms Squires did not visit these places herself

    I'd punctuate it thus:

    The trouble is Ms Squires did not visit these places herself​, nor did she....'

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