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Posted December 26, 2012 at 8:58 PM via web

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Is this sentence punctuated correctly?

The wanderer found no reason to be wary of him, but nonetheless the proud old man replied, “No need, I am quite all right,” as he plodded forward through the street.

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wordprof | College Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted December 26, 2012 at 9:56 PM (Answer #1)

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The sentence is “correct” as given, but there are some variations that might be stronger.  First, [need, I am… ] could be [need; I am..] because the implied “There is” makes it two coordinate clauses [There is no need;] and [I am quite all right] that can be best separated by a semicolon.  Also there is some question about the necessity for a comma before the quotation.  Finally, the punctuation at the end of the quotation could be an exclamation mark [!] and it would be inside the quotation as part of the utterance.   So a somewhat smoother solution would be:

          The wanderer found no reason to be wary of him, but nonetheless the proud old man replied “No need; I am quite all right!” as he plodded forward through the street.

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dgoss2 | College Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted December 28, 2012 at 10:41 PM (Answer #2)

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I would place a comma after word "nonetheless," since a definite pause would help the reading of the sentence.  Otherwise, the sentence looks good as far as punctuation.  

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mfreddo | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted December 26, 2012 at 9:47 PM (Answer #3)

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Looks good.  I would add a comma after "nonetheless."  This is a preference.

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