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04-06-2006, 03:47 AM
Just checking, but having such things as exclamation points or question marks inside dashes appropriate. I believe it to be, but if the need to correct me is here, tell me what to do instead.

You think life’s been tough on you--you!--because you're alone in the world?

04-06-2006, 05:15 AM
Get rid of that exclamation mark!

04-06-2006, 05:20 AM
I have no idea what is correct but I wouldn't have a problem with that sentence because the meaning is clear and removing the ! would change it.

Anya Smith
04-06-2006, 05:44 AM
I was taught not to use both. I think the exclamation mark should go.

04-06-2006, 08:01 AM
Yah, exclamation marks are used way too often! The only time I would use them is in fiction dialogue.

Anyway, the exclamation mark goes inside quotation marks when it is part of the quoted material: "I tell you, if you use exclamation marks too much I'm gonna pull my hair out!"

The exclamation mark goes outside quotations when it is not part of the quoted material: You really must read the book "Why Exclamation Marks are so Awful"!

04-06-2006, 08:10 AM
In this instance, I'd rather see the second "you" italicized rather than following it with an exclamation point.

But, I have no idea whether the point is grammatically right or wrong in the first place.

04-06-2006, 08:17 AM
It's fine. I've seen much stranger things between dashes in much more brilliant sentences than that :)

04-06-2006, 08:36 AM
Sorry for me being so stoopid. I thought you were asking about quotation marks, not dashes. I failed to see your example. :)

04-06-2006, 09:24 AM
Hey, Akuma, this wouldn't happen to be for a fanfiction story, would it? ;) :D

*ducks and runs*

04-06-2006, 03:22 PM
I'd also get rid of the dashes.

04-07-2006, 04:11 AM
Alright, thanks for the clarification, guys.

And katiemac, don't be blasphemous. I think we had a whole thread addressing that. ;)

three seven
04-07-2006, 04:18 AM
I'd also get rid of the dashes.That would leave you with You think life’s been tough on you you because you're alone in the world?

04-07-2006, 05:39 AM
Well, I'm not getting rid of the dashes, of course. But took katiemac's advice and made it in italics, instead. It looks far better that way, I think.