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  1. Key Member
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    #1

    What were you doing last Thursday evening?, he asked.

    ‘What were you doing last Thursday evening?’, he asked.

    Is the comma needed?

    Thanks.

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    #2

    Re: What were you doing last Thursday evening?, he asked.

    Yes.
    I am not a teacher.

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    #3

    Re: What were you doing last Thursday evening?, he asked.

    I would not use a comma there.

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    #4

    Re: What were you doing last Thursday evening?, he asked.

    I would.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #5

    Re: What were you doing last Thursday evening?, he asked.

    I don't think the comma is really needed. What is it doing? The question mark effectively plays the role of separation.

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    #6

    Re: What were you doing last Thursday evening?, he asked.

    I'm not a fan of more punctuation so I have to vote no.

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