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  • #99310
    J. Dekreel
    @dekreel

    Okay, this question/problem has been floating around in my head for weeks now and I figured this forum is probably the best place for me to clear it up.

    So in the following two sentences:

    1) Is it rude in this country to use the term “flabbergasted“?
    2) Is it rude in this country to use the term “flabbergasted?”

    That quotation mark/question mark placement at the end. . . which one is grammatically correct? I’ve been using #1 lately because I feel like it makes more sense (since there’s no question mark in the term “flabbergasted”), but I don’t know if it’s actually right or not.

    By the way, those two sentences are not to be confused with dialog:
    Robert replied, “It’s only rude if you use it in front of the duck people.”

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    ALSO, if anyone else has any little grammar questions like mine, feel free to reuse this topic!

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    #99312
    Evelyn
    @evelyn

    You are correct! The first one is right. Now if it was a period not a question mark, it would be included in the quotation marks.

    Here is an article I found to back me up. 😜

    How to Punctuate Quotations with Question Marks

    I hope that is helpful!

     

     

    #99318
    J. Dekreel
    @dekreel

    @evelyn  Ah, thanks! That helped a lot.

    Now if it was a period not a question mark, it would be included in the quotation marks.

    So it’s:

    The sign said “Beans For Sale.”

    Not. . .

    The sign said “Beans For Sale”.

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    #99321
    Evelyn
    @evelyn

    @dekreel Yep!

    Unless it isn’t the end of the sentence, in which case the comma would be there as the period:

    The sign said “Beans For Sale,” however the shop appeared to be filled with violins.

    A least that’s my understanding….

    #99326
    Jenna Terese
    @jenwriter17

    @dekreel Yeah, I would #1 too. 🙂 *says the person who is by no means educated on all the proper grammarly things*

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    #99368
    Josiah DeGraaf
    @josiah

    @dekreel What @evelyn said!

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    #103791
    A.N. Parker
    @bigideaskc

      which one is grammatically correct? I’ve been using #1 lately because I feel like it makes more sense (since there’s no question mark in the term “flabbergasted”), but I don’t know if it’s actually right or not.

      First of all… Yes. NEVER offend the Duck People.

      Second of all, @evelyn, that’s really interesting! When I was younger, I used to think it was: One should never offend the “Duck People”. I would always use it like that until I realized it was more like: One should never offend the “Duck People.” So, I had no idea there was an exception to the rules when it would come to questions! O . O (Aggh, English and those blasted exceptions to the rules… x_x)

      Thanks for tagging me! One learns something new every day, aye? 😀

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