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    My doubt about the usage of punctuations inverted comma and full stop

    Members,
    I have a small and silly but genuine doubt about the correct usage of some punctuations. They are - Inverted commas, full stop and the question mark at the end of a sentence.

    Just read the following sentences carefully and select the correct sentences.
    1. He asked, "Are you an ISC member?"
    2. He asked, "Are you an ISC member"?
    3. I said, "Yes. I am an ISC member".
    4. I said, "Yes. I am an ISC member."
  • #660755
    Even after 24 hrs, I do not find any response to this post from English experts. Why not ISC editors have a look at this thread and post their responses? Is there anyone at ISC who is very good at English?
    No life without Sun

  • #660775
    He asked, "Are you an ISC member?"
    I said, "Yes. I am an ISC member."

    What I read is when you write a sentence in direct speech you should use inverted commas to reproduce exactly the sentence what somebody has used when talking to you. A full stop should come after the end of every sentence. The inverted commas should be closed after the conversation is closed. So in my opinion the above two sentences are correct.

    drrao
    always confident

  • #660778
    Yes, very correct Mr Rao.

    Subtle grammatical rules in any language are difficult to remember and many of us do mistakes on that front irrespective of whether we are members or editors here. So that could be a reason to respond to this post late.

    Inverted commas will come after the full stop only. So the sentences at number 1 and 4 are correct.

    Sometimes we confuse in using the commas and inverted commas. I am always getting many commas to be corrected by the Grammarly app when I check it before submission.

    Another example is -
    1. "Friends," said the old man, "sit down."
    2. "Friends", said the old man, "sit down."

    Out of above two sentences only number 1 is correct. Just because of a comma.

    Thoughts exchanged is knowledge gained.

  • #660789
    Dr. Rao and Neetu,
    Thanks a lot. I got it. I am convinced.

    No life without Sun

  • #660813
    I was taught in my school that fullstop would come after quotes and grammarly doesnt mind either. But question mark absolutely belongs inside the quotation marks. The reason why I think fullstop should be outside quotes is that, it is convenient to start a new sentence that way. Question marks are enclosed in quotes because the character asks a question.

    So I think 1 & 3 are correct answers. I might be wrong but I have been writing everything that way to this point and never faced a problem.

    The stronger a light shines the darker are the shadows around it.

  • #660815
    Aditya,
    Certainly, there is a logic behind your explanation. I want to see the other members opinion.

    No life without Sun


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