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    Is the comma optional?

    The word 'think' is repeated and repeated. Could some member please help me re-phrase so that the word is used less often to improve the text?

    Is the comma optional? I wonder because I am making a request, not asking a question.

    Many thanks.

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    Re: Is the comma optional?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    The word 'think' is repeated and repeated. Could some member please help me re-phrase so that the word is used less often to improve the text?
    What comma do you mean? I don't see one.

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    Re: Is the comma optional?

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    What comma do you mean? I don't see one.

    Sorry. It should be question mark.

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    #4

    Re: Is the comma optional?

    Hi everybody

    I think my question is ambiguous. I'm re-wording the question so that it is clearer.

    Could someone please help me improve my English(?)(.)

    Should I use a question mark of full stop?

    Many thanks.


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    Re: Is the comma optional?

    Should I use a question mark of a full stop?

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    #6

    Re: Is the comma optional?

    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    Should I use a question mark of a full stop?
    Thanks for pointing out the careless errors of mine? It should be "...question mark ... or a full stop?"

    Could someone please help me improve my English(?)(.)

    In the above sentence should I use a question mark or full stop (period)?

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    Re: Is the comma optional?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    Thanks for pointing out the careless errors of mine? It should be "...question mark ... or a full stop?"

    Could someone please help me improve my English(?)(.)

    In the above sentence should I use a question mark or full stop (period)?
    With "please" it is clearly a polite request, not a question. A period should be used.


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    Re: Is the comma optional?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    Could someone please help me improve my English(?)(.)

    In the above sentence should I use a question mark or full stop (period)?
    Use a question mark.

    Check these:

    Could I have two cups of coffee and a tea, please?
    Cambridge Dictionaries Online - Cambridge University Press

    Will you please turn the radio off?
    Please definition | Dictionary.com

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    Re: Is the comma optional?

    There are obvious regional differences.

    "Do not use a question mark after:

    • polite requests that seek no verbal response.

    Would you please submit your comments by Monday."

    Style Manual for authors, editors and printers, Australian Govt., 2002, p.98
    This is the style that is supposed to be followed by all Australian public servants and Government agencies.

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    Re: Is the comma optional?

    Quote Originally Posted by svartnik View Post
    Use a question mark.

    Check these:

    Could I have two cups of coffee and a tea, please?
    Cambridge Dictionaries Online - Cambridge University Press
    Will you please turn the radio off?
    Please definition | Dictionary.com
    Those two sentences would practically never be written, so the question of punctuation is largely irrelevant. Still, they are requests/orders, not questions.

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