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A Matter of Punctuation

January 4, 2014
Posted at 7:22 am
Updated: January 4, 2014 - 8:08 am
 

Okay, this is a general message rather than single anyone out.

The following is an error I've seen more than one author here make and it is the kind of mistake if they make it once they keep right on making it, presumably because they don't know any better. Take this as a lesson in elementary grammar.

"What is wrong with the way I have punctuated this sentence," he asked?

Answer -- where the ? is placed.

It should be:

"What is wrong with the way I have punctuated this sentence?" he asked.

Nothing.

Same thing with !

Please try to do it right. Please. More than once I've abandoned what may be a really good story rather than stumble and skin my frontal lobes.

Thank you.