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    Please, is this correctly written regarding to the punctuation?

    This novel confuses readers as it makes them ask who is the victim and who is the victimizer? who is the civilized? who is refined?

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    Re: punctuation

    Quote Originally Posted by sash2008 View Post
    Please, is this correctly written regarding to the punctuation?

    This novel confuses readers as it makes them ask who is the victim and who is the victimizer? who is the civilized? who is refined?
    Hi sash2008,


    Though the placement of commas in a sentence can often be an arbitrary thing according to the writer's intent of meaning, this one rule does seem to bear common usage in good writing:

    Thus, the addition of the comma after "victim" in your sentence. Also, please note that capital letters for the beginning of a sentence are still required:


    This novel confuses readers as it makes them ask who is the victim, and who is the victimizer? Who is the civilized? Who is refined?

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    Re: punctuation

    Quote Originally Posted by Monticello View Post
    Hi sash2008,



    Though the placement of commas in a sentence can often be an arbitrary thing according to the writer's intent of meaning, this one rule does seem to bear common usage in good writing:

    Thus, the addition of the comma after "victim" in your sentence. Also, please note that capital letters for the beginning of a sentence are still required:


    This novel confuses readers as it makes them ask who is the victim, and who is the victimizer? Who is the civilized? Who is refined?
    Thank you.
    Should I put "the" before "refined"?
    Should I put "and" before the last question (and Who is refined?)?

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    Re: punctuation

    Quote Originally Posted by sash2008 View Post
    Thank you.
    Should I put "the" before "refined"?
    Should I put "and" before the last question (and Who is refined?)?
    Hi sash2008,

    There is no rule here. It's up to you as the writer.

    In order to preserve (1) the parallelism you have begun to suggest, and (2) the general nature of you questions, I. myself, would prefer the use of the article before the word refined:
    Who is the civilized? Who is the refined?
    As far as combining these two independent sentences into one by using the conjunction, and, my sense is: No. Keep them as two separate sentences. Why? - because, unlike your opening sentence, where victim and victimizer are paired opposites, civilized and refined, are not opposites, but close relatives, and so do not work here paired in the same parallel way. But again -- it's your call.
    Last edited by Monticello; 28-May-2009 at 08:15.

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