1. Punctuate THIS!
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    Restatements

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by Punctuate THIS!, Sep 28, 2009.

    If someone reststes someone elses quote (as a guestion), can I enclose the question mark in parentheis, to show distance or unoriginality?

    What did she mean by that, "ugly as a troll(?)" What the hell does that mean?
     
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    I think this is what you're shooting for (but I'm not sure) ...

    What did she mean by "ugly as a troll"?

    That is, what she said was "ugly as a troll"; but your question that surrounds it is what did she mean by the phrase "ugly as a troll." The question mark goes outside of the close quotation mark (because it's your question, not part of what she said). A semicolon would also go outside of the quotation marks (if that was necessary). Periods and/or commas, however, would go inside the quotation marks (in American English).
     
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    What Molly said. In any case, (?) is completely wrong.
     
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    Alright. That sounds good. "Outside the quote," I think thats what i was shooting for. Thank you
     
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    yup!... what they said...
     

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