Punctuation Exercise (272)

Punctuate the following sentences with quotation marks and commas as needed.

Answers and Explanations

1.
Original: Nobody is trying very hard to keep the house clean her father said.
Correct : "Nobody is trying very hard to keep the house clean," her father said.

2.
Original: Yes the clerk said brightly I can get you a replacement from one of our other stores before you are finished with your shopping.
Correct : "Yes," the clerk said brightly, "I can get you a replacement from one of our other stores before you are finished with your shopping."

3.
Original: Everyone knows the politician said emphatically that women’s bodies have a way of shutting down to avoid pregnancy.
Correct : "Everyone knows," the politician said emphatically, "that women’s bodies have a way of shutting down to avoid pregnancy."

4.
Original: During the interview the governor admitted that the state legislature was having second thoughts about adopting the Common Core State Standards.
Correct : During the interview the governor admitted that the state legislature was having second thoughts about adopting the Common Core State Standards.

Reported speech, usually introduced with a verb + that construction like "admitted that," does not require quotation marks. A comma after the introductory phrase "During the interview" is optional.

5.
Original: The librarian asked Is this a book you are going to need for more than three weeks?
Correct : The librarian asked, "Is this a book you are going to need for more than three weeks?"

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