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    #1

    is this sentence ok?

    "In practical terms, I don't see it working if you can't even say "help me" !".

    Hi,
    is this sentence OK?
    thanks.

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    #2

    Re: is this sentence ok?

    "In practical terms, I don't see it working if you can't even say, 'help me' !"

    " Quote marks are placed outside of the entire sentence.
    An indirect quote uses a single quote marks ' when it is inside a main quote.
    The explanation mark is placed inside the main double quote marks if the main quoted sentence is exclamatory.
    Otherwise, it is " . . . even say, 'help me!' "

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    #3

    Re: is this sentence ok?

    Quote Originally Posted by susiedqq View Post
    "In practical terms, I don't see it working if you can't even say, 'help me' !"

    " Quote marks are placed outside of the entire sentence.
    An indirect quote uses a single quote marks ' when it is inside a main quote.
    The explanation mark is placed inside the main double quote marks if the main quoted sentence is exclamatory.
    Otherwise, it is " . . . even say, 'help me!' "
    Thank you very much. I really didn't know that.
    But...what about the sentence itself? Could it be considered good and common English?
    Thanks.

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    #4

    Re: is this sentence ok?

    Realistically, I don't see this working if you can't even ask for help.

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    #5

    Re: is this sentence ok?

    ok, ok...

    but... what about the grammar and the construction?

    thanks.

    p.s.: this is part of a text in which we discuss the worth of theoretical English versus practical English. some people say that the only thing we need is practical English but I wouldn't go that far.

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    #6

    Re: is this sentence ok?

    Quote Originally Posted by susiedqq View Post
    "In practical terms, I don't see it working if you can't even say, 'help me' !"

    " Quote marks are placed outside of the entire sentence. "
    I'm not a teacher, but I think it should be noted that this rule is a feature of American English, not necessarily of other variants. There was an interesting thread on the subject in another logophiles' forum.

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    #7

    Re: is this sentence ok?

    Gramatically, the sentence is OK.

    The meaning is akward.

    "In practical terms" does not match with the rest of the sentence.

    I also don't care for the double negative of the main thought.

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