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    I have read the book, The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway.

    I have read the book, The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway.
    Have you read the book titled The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway?

    The above sentences are my own. Are they correctly punctuated?

    Thanks.

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    Re: I have read the book, The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway.

    "the book" is somewhat redundant. The word "read" makes it fairly clear it's a book.

    Have you read The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway? (No commas are required.)

    Even if you include "the book" you don't need any commas or the word "titled".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: I have read the book, The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Even if you include "the book" you don't need any commas or the word "titled".
    I learned from my teachers while growing up that it's wrong to place a comma after "the book" in "... the book The Old Man and the Sea".
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    Re: I have read the book, The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    I have read the book, The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway.
    Have you read the book titled The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway?

    The above sentences are my own. Are they correctly punctuated?

    Thanks.
    I have no problem with your use of the word "book" in these sentences. It is not redundant since not everyone knows this is a book. It could be a poem.

    The only word I might use to replace "book" would be "novel". This would alert the reader that the writing was not a short story or "novella" in case they had no knowledge of the writer's work.

    As far as punctuation and font for the title goes, this is a matter of style. If you are writing this sentence for a school project you should ask your teacher which style you should use. Italics, quotation marks or even underlining can be used. Underlining a title was done more in the day of the typewriter, not the computer. Typewriters had no means of changing the font of the writing.

    So these forms are acceptable as far as I know. (There should be no commas used.)

    I have read the book The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway.

    I have read the book "The Old Man and the Sea" by Ernest Hemingway.

    I have read the book The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway.

    The style you would use would depend on who you were writing the piece for.

    Last edited by Lynxear; 23-Jul-2017 at 11:03.
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