Greetings from WA State

Margie Wakeman Wells The Comma, The Period, Uncategorized Leave a Comment

This is one beautiful place. I am looking forward to seeing the WA reporters on Saturday for a second time this year!

After “yes” and “no,” we need to use a comma when the words after the “yes” or “no” echo the words of the question.

…Q     Did you see him later in the evening?
…     A     Yes, I did.
…     A     Yes, I saw him.
…     A     Yes, I did see him.

…Q     Did she have any other ideas for making things better?
…     A     No, she did not.
…     A     No, she did not have other ideas.

When the words after “yes” and “no” are anything else other than echoing the question, use a period after “yes” and “no.”

…Q     Did you see him later in the evening?
…     A     Yes. We had dinner together.
…     A     Yes. He came over to the house.

…Q     Did she have any other ideas for making things better?
…     A     No. She did not really care to contribute.
…     A     No. She did not pay any attention to it.

Happy punctuating!

Margie

 

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