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Is this sentence punctuated correctly?The wanderer found no reason to be wary of him,...
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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.
Posted by wordprof on December 26, 2012 at 9:56 PM (Answer #1)
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.
Posted by dgoss2 on December 28, 2012 at 10:41 PM (Answer #2)
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