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Margie Wakeman Wells Numbers, The Quotation Mark Leave a Comment

When someone says “quote/unquote,” use a slash mark in between the words. Surround them with appropriate punctuation. Use the quote marks also.

When the attorney says “okay” before he starts a question — more or less a response to the last answer — English says to paragraph after “okay” as it is a thought of its own. (Some reporters do not do this because of the appearance of padding.)

Numbers that are in the thousands should have the comma:

…5,400 of them…
…$6,500 worth of them…

This is not dependent upon how it is said.

Happy punctuating!

Margie

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