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    Punctuation Q&A Sentence

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by banjina, Jan 20, 2014.

    I'd like to know the proper way to write the following Q&A sentences: (The person who asks the question and answers is the same. Rephrase, the person answers their own question.)

    Why do we go camping? To practice building a fire.
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    Will we be cooking any meat with this rice? not if I can help it.

    The answer phrase doesn't seem like a sentence, but this is how it is spoken. How is this to be written? Are any of these pairs correct as is?

    Any assistance is welcomed. Thanks in advance.
    Banjina.
     
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    Sorry, but this sounds like a homework exercise.
     
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    It is not a homework exercise and I am honestly baffled by the pairing. In all respect, would you kindly just answer the question?
     
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    The second set is incorrect.

    The fact that the person speaking is both asking and subsequently answering the question doesn't make it all one sentence. Though "Not if I can help it" feels like a fragment, it's fine by itself and written as a sentence independent of the prior question.
     
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    Thank you so much for your help. I'm trying to get better at writing and the only way I know how to improve is to write and ask questions along the way. Thanks again.
     
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    I agree with wrey... first is ok, second is wrong...
     

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