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Maryn
02-22-2006, 06:11 AM
Not your ordinary quote within dialogue, mind you--those I've got down, single quotation marks inside the dialogue's double quotes.

But no matter how I type this, it looks just wrong, wrong, and the ever-popular wrong.

"I meant it when I said, 'Til death do us part.' Didn't you?"

The trouble stems from 'Til requiring its own apostrophe for the missing letters while also being the first word of the quote within the dialogue. Since it's a well-known line meant to be recognized as part of a wedding ceremony, my usual solution--rephrase until the problem goes away--isn't apt.

What do you all think, is the way it's written above correct enough? (I'm also waffling on whether to put a comma after said.)

Maryn, who should know better than to write when she's too tired to know her own grammar

reph
02-22-2006, 06:18 AM
Here's your fix:

"I meant it when I said, 'Till death do us part.' Didn't you?"

Sage
02-22-2006, 06:19 AM
"I meant it when I said, 'Until death do us part.' Didn't you?"
"I meant it when I promised not to part until death. Didn't you?"
"'Til death do us part. I meant every word of my wedding vows. Didn't you?"

Sage
02-22-2006, 06:20 AM
Here's your fix:

"I meant it when I said, 'Till death do us part.' Didn't you?"That was going to be my first suggestion, 'cuz I knew that "until" came from "till," but I wasn't positive it was correct to do it.