'How do we say "Thank you very much, sir"?' asked Donald. :Punctuation

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Englishmypassion

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India - Hindi
Dear Teachers,
Another question on punctuation. Is any other punctuation mark required just after 'sir' in the following sentence? I don't think a comma or anything else is required.

'How do we say "Thank you very much, sir"?' asked Donald.

Is the above sentence punctuated correctly?

Thank you very much.
 
  • Keith Bradford

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    English (Midlands UK)
    Normally, I'd say you should add a comma after the final quotation marks, before asked.

    However, there's another 'rule' that says you shouldn't put two punctuation marks together, and you've already got a question mark there and two sets of quotation marks. Enough is enough. Your sentence is good as it stands.
     

    Copyright

    Senior Member
    American English
    I agree ... but note that that is BE style. AE style would see the single and double quote marks reversed. Not that anyone asked. :)
     

    Englishmypassion

    Senior Member
    India - Hindi
    It's in a book that follows the convention of single inverted commas throughout, so I can't break that consistency for just one sentence. However, thanks for the suggestions, everybody.
     
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