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    Correct punctuation

    Hi All,

    I am wondering if punctuation marks in the following are correct. Specifically, should there be a comma after the word 'question'?

    "As well, there is a question just how much corn is realistically available."

    Thanks,

    MG.

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    Re: Correct punctuation

    Quote Originally Posted by musicgold View Post
    Hi All,

    I am wondering if the punctuation marks in the following sentence are correct. Specifically/To be more specific, should there be a comma after the word 'question'?

    "As well, there is a question just how much corn is realistically available."

    Thanks,

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    No comma after 'question'.

    Also, the question is just how much corn is available in reality.

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    As well - comes usually at the end of a sentence, and does not fit in your sentence.

    Specifically means - in distinction from others, as in: I am interested in reading novels, specifically/particularly harlequin novels.
    Last edited by bianca; 07-Jul-2007 at 19:14.

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    Re: Correct punctuation

    bianca,

    Thanks.

    I, also, wish to discuss the 'the' you suggested before the 'punctuation marks'. Some people told me that, since the 'maks' is a plural form, I need not use a 'the' before it. Could you please give a few rules of thumb regarding this?

    Thanks,

    MG.

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    Wink Re: Correct punctuation

    Quote Originally Posted by musicgold View Post
    bianca,

    Thanks.

    I, also, wish to discuss the 'the' you suggested before the 'punctuation marks'. Some people told me that, since the 'maks' is a plural form, I need not use a 'the' before it. Could you please give a few rules of thumb regarding this?

    Thanks,

    MG.
    You should have used the definite article in your question because it referred to the punctuation marks that you used in your sentence
    (four in total, i.e. " , . "):

    "As well, there is a question just how much corn is realistically available."

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    Re: Correct punctuation

    Better:
    As well, there is a question just how much corn is really available.
    ~R

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    Smile Re: Correct punctuation

    Remember one thing, musicgold: if you talk about something or someone that is specific, use 'the'; if you talk about something or someone in general, or that is not specific in some way, don't use 'the', or use the indefinite article a(n) with singular count nouns.

    People differ from one another. generic use
    The people in my class differ from one another in every respect. specific use

    A boy was sitting on the bench. not specific use (assuming there was only one boy on the bench)
    The boy that was sitting on the bench asked me the time. specific use

    Love is a wonderful feeling. general use
    The love between Mike and Gemma seems perfect. specific use

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    Re: Correct punctuation

    Quote Originally Posted by engee30 View Post
    Remember one thing, musicgold: if you talk about something or someone that is specific, use 'the'; if you talk about something or someone in general, or that is not specific in some way, don't use 'the', or use the indefinite article a(n) with singular count nouns.

    People differ from one another. generic use
    The people in my class differ from one another in every respect. specific use

    A boy was sitting on the bench. not specific use (assuming there was only one boy on the bench)
    The boy that was sitting on the bench asked me the time. specific use

    Love is a wonderful feeling. general use
    The love between Mike and Gemma seems perfect. specific use
    And you say you're not a teacher.

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    Smile Re: Correct punctuation

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    And you say you're not a teacher.
    Well, I have to say so, for I am not a teacher any more; but, I used to be one.

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