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  1. victo

    victo Active Member

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    No Commas in this Sentence?

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by victo, Feb 11, 2015.

    When Jenny screamed "Get the hell out of my house!" the whole neighborhood heard her.

    I don't think a comma is required after "screamed" here; do you agree?
    As a matter of fact, I think the sentence is perfectly fine as is without any commas. Agreed?
     
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    Wouldn't you need a : after screamed as it's a direct quote?
    So it should be:

    When Jenny screamed: get the hell out of my house; the whole neighborhood heard her.

    Or is that only in done in French?
     
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    No, not at all. The colon and semicolon are definitely wrong. I think you're playing me here.
     
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    When Jenny screamed for everyone to get the hell out of her house, the whole neighbourhood heard her.

    I'm in the process of learning a lot at the moment (my brain hurts); this is my understanding: reported speech does not have quote marks. So there would be no comma either. I added for everyone as I think we need to know who she was screaming at (this, of course, you may need to change).

    Dave
     
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