colon vs comma usage after look in the mirror and ask...


Senior Member
India - Hindi
Hi there!

I cannot decide on which punctuation mark to use in my sentence. Generally, from what I've seen on the Internet, people either use a comma followed by double quotes or simply double quotes without a pause. I wonder whether we can replace them with a colon. Here's the sentence: Look in the mirror and ask yourself: is this who I want to be?

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    American English
    You can use the colon, in my opinion, but if I did, I would capitalize "Is ..." to make it obvious that it's a sentence that forms a complete question.
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