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Chapter 16. Punctuation: Commas Are Our ... > Quotation Marks: Quote/Unquote - Pg. 165

Punctuation: Commas Are Our Friends 165 Example:The word karaoke means "So you think you can sing? Think again." Quoth the Maven Place periods and commas inside of the end quotation mark; place colons and semicolons outside of the end quotation mark. Question marks and exclamation marks go inside or outside of the end quotation mark, de- pending on the meaning. A Little Dabba Do Ya Add quotation marks and commas as needed to make sense of the following joke: There once was a farmer who was raising three daughters on his own. He was very concerned about their well-being and always did his best to watch out for them. On one particular evening, all three girls were going out on dates. The farmer greeted each young suitor at the door holding his shotgun to show who was boss. The doorbell rang and the first of the boys arrived. The farmer answered the door and the lad said Hi my name's Joe I'm here to see Flo. We're going to the show. Is she ready to go? The father looked him over and sent the kids on their way. The next lad arrived and said My name's Eddie. I'm here to see Betty. We're gonna get some spaghetti. Do you know if she's ready? The father felt this one was okay so off the two kids went. The final young man arrived and the farmer opened the door. The boy began Hi my name's Chuck ... and the farmer shot him. Answer There once was a farmer who was raising three daughters on his own. He was very concerned about their well-being and always did his best to watch out for them. On one particular evening, all three girls were going out on dates. The farmer greeted each young suitor at the door holding his shotgun to show who was boss. The doorbell rang and the first of the boys arrived. The farmer answered the door and the lad said, "Hi, my name's Joe, I'm here to see Flo. We're going to the show. Is she ready to go?" The father looked him over and sent the kids on their way. The next lad arrived and said, "My name's Eddie. I'm here to see Betty.