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English skillz - A Sorta Fairytale
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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Sat, Apr. 30th, 2005 11:24 am
English skillz

Swiped from suxy_gwen:


Your English Skills:



Grammar: 100%

Vocabulary: 100%

Punctuation: 80%

Spelling: 80%




Not bad. I wonder what I missed. Hmmm...probably the quotation marks one. I believe the rule is that the comma/other punctuation should always go inside the end quote mark. But...I personally disagree with that rule, so I break it left and right. :D

Joie

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xray2000
xray2000
xray
Sat, Apr. 30th, 2005 03:43 pm (UTC)

I believe the rule is that the comma/other punctuation should always go inside the end quote mark. But...I personally disagree with that rule, so I break it left and right. :D

Not always. From The Scott, Foresman Handbook for Writers, 2nd ed.:

Commas and Periods
Commas and periods always go inside a closing quotation mark--except when a sentence ends with a page number in parentheses.

Colons and Semi-Colons
Colons and semicolons always go outside a closing quotation mark.

Question marks, exclamations, and dashes
Question marks, exclamations, and dashes can fall either inside or otuside quotation marks, depending on the context. They fall inside the closing quotation when they are the right punctuation for the phrase inside the quotes, but not for the sentence as a whole. They fall outside the closing quotation mark when they are the appropriate mark for the complete sentence.

Now you are be a supa sharp quota person, compleet with punctation!


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hymnia
hymnia
Joie
Sat, Apr. 30th, 2005 03:57 pm (UTC)

*nods* Thanks for the info. The question I think I missed was this one: "Rich Girl," by Gwen Stefani, is my favorite song.

I prefer: "Rich Girl", by Gwen Stefani, is my favorite song. But I believe the other way is considered correct.


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heatherhobbit
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Heather
Sun, May. 1st, 2005 01:57 am (UTC)

I agree with you. I prefer it the way you do even though I know it's wrong. That's a grammatical rule that I break on purpose.


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