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    Hi guys,

    Incidentally, I have been closing down many of my online forum accounts of which I no longer frequent (you gotta' kill the lock-down time somehow!). I have, also, completely stripped down the content of my You Tube channel by an appreciable amount.

    I came across this composition which I wrote during my studies at music college around 20 years ago. Goodness me, I really don't know what I was thinking; hence I dare say you will all have a field day with its title!:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nfR2UEJw1Cw

    Thanks,

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    #12

    Re: Correct Usage Of A Question Mark

    Quote Originally Posted by monsterjazzlicks View Post
    Do you mean in place of? (ie. a period replaces the question mark).
    Yes, your example should end in a full stop (period).

    "Where is he?", I wonder. (Direct speech)
    I wonder where he is. (Indirect speech)

    "Why did I do that in the first place?", I asked myself.
    I asked myself why I did/why I had done that in the first place.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Yes, your example should end in a full stop (period).

    "Where is he?", I wonder. (Direct speech)
    I wonder where he is. (Indirect speech)

    "Why did I do that in the first place?", I asked myself.
    I asked myself why I did/why I had done that in the first place.
    Hi emsr2d2,

    Thanks very much indeed for kindly breaking it down further for me; it's all the much clearer now.

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    Thanks very much indeed for kindly breaking it down further for me; it's all the much clearer now.
    You can say either "... it's much clearer now" or "... it's all the clearer for your explanation", but not "... it's all the much clearer".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    You can say either "... it's much clearer now" or "... it's all the clearer for your explanation", but not "... it's all the much clearer".
    Somehow, all the more certain (for example) is fine, but the construction seemingly doesn't work with adjectives like "clear" that have comparative forms. In any case, all the much ​doesn't work anywhere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Somehow, all the more certain (for example) is fine, but the construction seemingly doesn't work with adjectives like "clear" that have comparative forms. In any case, all the much ​doesn't work anywhere.
    But "more certain" is the comparative form of "certain"! It's just that we don't use "certainer".
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    But "more certain" is the comparative form of "certain"! It's just that we don't use "certainer".
    I was thinking of adjectives that don't have inflected​ comparatives.
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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    You can say either "... it's much clearer now" or "... it's all the clearer for your explanation", but not "... it's all the much clearer".
    I dare say that many people, myself very much included, tend to type/write in the same way as they would speak in everyday life. ie. If you always say, verbally, "... it's all the much clearer" then this form is likely to make itself into your writing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    "Where is he?", I wonder. (Direct speech)
    I wonder where he is. (Indirect speech)

    "Why did I do that in the first place?", I asked myself.
    I asked myself why I did/why I had done that in the first place.
    Many thanks for concisely defining 'direct' speech vs. 'indirect'
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    #20

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    I enjoyed the piece, but I would lose the comma.

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