Quotation Marks Exercise (167)

Edit the following sentences (if necessary) to make them conform to American punctuation conventions.

Answers and Explanations

1.
Original: Lucile asked, "Did you hear that gentleman say ‘Goodbye?’"
Correct : Lucile asked, "Did you hear that gentleman say ‘Goodbye’?"

The ending question mark goes with the entire quote not Goodbye, which is a quote within the quote, requiring single quotation marks around it.

2.
Original: I always answer "no" when the details of the request are unclear.
Correct : I always answer no when the details of the request are unclear.

Words such as no, yes, where, how, and why, when used singly, are not enclosed in quotations marks except in direct discourse.

3.
Original: She replied, "But I like Shakespeare’s sonnet, ‘Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day?’"
Correct : She replied, "But I like Shakespeare’s sonnet, ‘Shall I Compare Thee to a Summer’s Day?’"

The original sentence is correct because the question mark is part of the sonnet’s title, not the entire quote. Both the single and double quotes go at the end.

4.
Original: "Yes," the captain replied.
Correct : "Yes," the captain replied.

The original sentence is correct because yes is in direct discourse.

5.
Original: The teacher asked, "Do you like the poem, ‘Daffodils?’"
Correct : The teacher asked, "Do you like the poem, ‘Daffodils’?"

The question mark is not part of the poem’s title.

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