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    Punctuation

    (a) I am thinking of what to buy with this sum of money -- a new bag? a nice dress? or some good skin care products?

    (b) I am thinking of what to buy with this sum of money -- a new bag, a nice dress or some good skin care products?

    (1) Are the "question marks" correctly inserted?
    (2) Should the first letters after the "question marks" be capitalized?
    (3) Is the length of the dash O.K.? Or it should be longer like this "---"?
    (4) Which sentence is better? (a) or (b)?

    Thanks.


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    #2

    Re: Punctuation

    Can someone please give me answers to the questions posted?

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    Re: Punctuation

    There are many ways to write it. By the way, the question mark can be optional.

    I am thinking of what to buy with this sum of money, a new bag, a nice dress or some good skin care products?

    I am thinking of what to buy with this sum of money: a new bag, a nice dress or some good skin care products?

    I am thinking of what to buy with this sum of money. A new bag, a nice dress or some good skin care products?

    I am thinking of what to buy with this sum of money. A new bag? A nice dress? Or some good skin care products?

    I am thinking of what to buy with this sum of money - a new bag, a nice dress or some good skin care products.

    Note, I have used the symbol - to represent a dash, not a hyphen.

    All the best.


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    Re: Punctuation

    Note, I have used the symbol - to represent a dash, not a hyphen.
    Thank you, Casiopea.

    Your symbol "-" really looks a hyphen and you did type a hyphen, right? So, we don't have to type two (or three?) hyphens to make it a dash?

    Thanks for your help.

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    Re: Punctuation

    You'll want to use an em dash, not a hyphen.



    Click here to read about an em dash, an en dash, and a hyphen. There's also a section on how to type em dashes:
    "Before word processing, we had to type an em dash by typing two hyphens. Now, many word processing software programs will automatically turn those two hyphens into an em dash (if we correctly leave NO space before or after them).
    We can also choose en and em dashes from a menu of symbols that do not appear on the keyboard."
    All the best.


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    Re: Punctuation

    The link is very resourceful. I just knew of a "dash" in punctuation. It's the first time I heard of an en dash and an em dash. Thank you very much for pointing out these to me.


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    Angry Re: Punctuation

    In case you get confused, of your original (a) and (b); (b) is a better choice. have fun shopping..


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    #8

    Re: Punctuation

    I think (b) is a safe choice, too. Thank you for your suggestion, Sploke.

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