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Punctuation question? - Scribbler - 05 Feb 2013 07:22 PM

Amber giggled. "You're pulling your funny face Granddad, don't worry I'll show you how to use a computer, it's dead easy."

In the above sentence should there be a comma after the word 'face'?

TIA



RE: Punctuation question? - Jonathan Hill - 05 Feb 2013 07:25 PM

I'd say yes. Whenever I address someone in speech, I always put a comma before the name, because the name isn't running on directly from the sentence itself.


RE: Punctuation question? - Stu Ayris - 05 Feb 2013 07:27 PM

(05 Feb 2013 07:22 PM)Scribbler Wrote:  Amber giggled. "You're pulling your funny face Granddad, don't worry I'll show you how to use a computer, it's dead easy."

In the above sentence should there be a comma after the word 'face'?

TIA

I think so - though I'm no expert. I'd probably split into three sentances too.

"You're pulling your funny face, Grandad! Don't worry - I'll show you how to use a computer. It's dead easy."


RE: Punctuation question? - ElaineG - 05 Feb 2013 07:28 PM

Instead of "You're pulling your funny face Granddad, don't worry I'll show you how to use a computer, it's dead easy." I would have typed "Your'e pulling your funny face, Grandad. Don't worry, I'll show you how to use a computer. It's dead easy".


RE: Punctuation question? - Jonathan Hill - 05 Feb 2013 07:28 PM

To be strict grammatically, I'd punctuate as follows:

Amber giggled. "You're pulling your funny face, Granddad. Don't worry, I'll show you how to use a computer; it's dead easy."


RE: Punctuation question? - Jonathan Hill - 05 Feb 2013 07:30 PM

LOL, several here with the same idea!! My semi-colon could easily be a full-stop.


RE: Punctuation question? - Scribbler - 05 Feb 2013 07:36 PM

Interesting stuff, and thanks for all of the replies, definitely some food for thought there. I'm not sure which one I'll go with yet.


RE: Punctuation question? - Damien J. Nash - 05 Feb 2013 08:37 PM

Elaine is absolutely spot on. Jonathan, whilst you are technically correct, semi-colons should not be used in dialogue.


RE: Punctuation question? - davidwailing - 05 Feb 2013 08:58 PM

(05 Feb 2013 08:37 PM)Damien J. Nash Wrote:  Elaine is absolutely spot on. Jonathan, whilst you are technically correct, semi-colons should not be used in dialogue.

Or anywhere else. Ever!


RE: Punctuation question? - Jonathan Hill - 05 Feb 2013 09:03 PM

Ah, thanks, Damien. I did wonder about semi-colons in speech, but that clears it up.

David, thanks for your opinion on semi-colons; I'll try not to use them again.