The Indirect Question

Margie Wakeman Wells The Question Mark Leave a Comment

The indirect question always occurs in a dependent clause and never has question word order, i.e., never reverses the subject and verb. The indirect question takes a period. …I want to know where you were. Direct question would be “Where were you?” …I am asking about how long it took. Direct question would be “How long did it take?” …My …

Put the Question Mark Where the Question Is First Asked

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We need a rule to cover all of the things attorneys do after they ask that basic question. This is the pattern that came up in four different questions on FB. …Do you know where he is right now? because that is going to make a difference. …Do you want to take a break right now? because we are starting …

A Comma Before the Quote

Margie Wakeman Wells The Comma, The Quotation Mark 8 Comments

I am BACK!! I hope your holidays were glorious. Mine were lovely even though I was really down and out sick with a throat “thing.” I think that, after almost three weeks, I am finally getting better. Can you say “froggy”? The question of whether to put a comma before quotes when quoting from a document came up on Facebook. …