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    Smile Soup: a question about punctuation

    North American English Punctuation
    [1] Why doesn't she say, "I'm Mary Simpson."?
    [2] Why doesn't she say, "I'm Mary Simpson"?
    Hi Soup,

    If there're several sentences between the double quotation marks, should I add a period at the end of last sentence?

    eg. She said, "You're Lucky. Your mom is pretty."

    Or should I omit the period after 'pretty'?

    Could you please give me a hand? Thanks in advance!

    PS: On one hand, this is another question; and other the other hand, probably you guys would like to go on discussing the theme of that thread, so I start this new thread.
    Last edited by thedaffodils; 16-Aug-2008 at 16:32.

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    Re: Soup: a question about punctuation

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    Hi Soup,

    If there're several sentences between the double quotation marks, should I add a period at the end of last sentence?

    eg. She said, "You're Lucky. Your mom is pretty."

    Or should I omit the period after 'pretty'?
    Wouldn't you need the period to close/end the sentence?

    Note that, USA and UK punctuation rules differ in some respects. I'm not sure about Australian English, but I am hopeful that a speaker will come to our aid.

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    Hi Soup,

    Thank you for your reply.

    No matter they are American English, British English, or the other English from other native English countries, they're all fine to me. I just hope to learn standard English, and get rid of Chinglish as much as possible.

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    Re: Soup: a question about punctuation

    Dear Sir. First, I am thanking you very much for accepting my registration. I am an adult, engaged in an online business course and English is a foreign language to me. I find some difficulty in using punctuation properly. I hope your guidance may improve my level of English.

    I have a question: why sometime a comma is used before 'and'? Please explain.

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    Re: Soup: a question about punctuation

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    Hi Soup,

    Thank you for your reply.

    No matter they are American English, British English, or the other English from other native English countries, they're all fine to me. I just hope to learn standard English, and get rid of Chinglish as much as possible.
    What Soup was saying is that you need an end punctuation mark. (But you need one, not two.)

    (There are only a couple of minor differences between AmE and BrE punctuation.)


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    Re: Soup: a question about punctuation

    Quote Originally Posted by YhTamus View Post
    I have a question: why sometime a comma is used before 'and'? Please explain.
    Why is a comma sometimes used before "and"?
    I don't know, and I don't care.

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    Smile Re: Soup: a question about punctuation

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    What Soup was saying is that you need an end punctuation mark. (But you need one, not two.)

    (There are only a couple of minor differences between AmE and BrE punctuation.)

    Hello RonBee, thank you for your answer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YhTamus View Post
    Dear Sir. First, I am thanking you very much for accepting my registration. I am an adult, engaged in an online business course and English is a foreign language to me. I find some difficulty in using punctuation properly. I hope your guidance may improve my level of English.

    I have a question: why sometime a comma is used before 'and'? Please explain.
    Hi! Welcome to the forums. I am not a teacher.

    Here's my two cents. It is both acceptable for 'and' without a common, and 'and' with a comma.

    eg1. There're books, apples, and newspaper on the desk.
    eg2. There're books, apples and newspaper on the desk.

    I prefer "and with a comma". Scholars have disputed over the question for a long time. As a learner of English, we needn't to study it especially. Just choose one of them.

    Please click the link and read this important article. It probably will make you clearer.

    AUE: FAQ excerpt: "A, B and C" vs "A, B, and C"

    Hope this helps.

    PS: Please start a new thread if you have a new question next time so your question will get more attention.

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    Re: Soup: a question about punctuation

    If you are joining two independent clauses with and or another coordinating conjunction, you need a comma before and.

    I like ice cream, and my kids like it too.

    If you are joining two nouns, adjectives, etc. with and, then you don't need a comma.

    Joe and Mary are happy and excited that they are coming here to eat and drink.

    The issue of the serial comma discussed in previous posts will probably never be fully resolved.

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    Re: Soup: a question about punctuation

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    eg1. There're books, apples, and a newspaper on the desk.
    eg2. There're books, apples and newspaper on the desk.

    I prefer "and with a comma". Scholars have disputed over the question for a long time. As a learner of English, we needn't to study it especially. Just choose one of them.

    Please click the link and read this important article. It probably will make it clearer.

    AUE: FAQ excerpt: "A, B and C" vs "A, B, and C"

    Hope this helps.

    PS: Please start a new thread if you have a new question next time so your question will get more attention.
    You could also say:
    There are books, apples, and newspapers on the desk.

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