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    Punctuation

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by rosieaa, Nov 12, 2012.

    Should the following sentence end in a question mark or full stop? There is nothing at all to be worried about but could she got over there immediately.

    Also, in the following sentence, should there be any quotation marks around the words Red Star? He is apathetic and suggests she Red Star's the parcel from her local train station that evening.

    Thanks for your help.
     
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    the 'following sentences' should be separated from your questions, since as is, it's confusing...

    the first one is such a poorly worded sentence that it makes no sense, but doesn't seem to contain a question...

    in the second, there should be no apostrophe or s at the end of 'star'... and no, it doesn't need to be in " "...
     
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    she Red Star's the parcel

    In this contex, Red Star is a verb. However, there is no verb called Red Star. Or do you mean send/recieve through a packaging company called Red Star? If so, use she sends/recieves the parcel through Red Star

    Also, maia, removing the apos' will make it harder to understand.
    First sentence should end with question mark, second in full stop.
     
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    As Maia indicated, punctuation is not the worst problem with either sentence. The first needs a verb tense compass to find its way out of the bewilderness. The second should use subjunctive voice, and should lose the "greengrocer's apostrophe" after Star:
    The that clarifies your use of an action as an object. Optionally, add should or could before Red Star, because Red Star is not normally used as a verb. It needs all the help you can provide, short of committing aggravated verbicide.
     
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    tw... the apostrophe makes it a possessive, instead of letting it function as a verb... and it's clear to me 'red star' is used in place of 'mail' or 'fedex' or whatever... and one would say/write 'she mails/fedexes the package'...
     

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