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Are the commas okay?

I never asked, how, are you doing in the class and in general?

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I never asked, how, are you doing in the class and in general? Are the commas okay?

DIRECT SPEECH: I never asked, "How are you doing in the class and in general?"
It's customary to put a comma before quoted speech.

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INDIRECT SPEECH: I never asked how you were doing in the class and in general.

No commas are necessary.

Clive

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anon006Are the commas okay?

No.

anon006I never asked, how, are you doing in the class and in general?

There are a couple of ways to punctuate that. One is

"I never asked—how are you doing in the class and in general?"

and another is

"I never asked. How are you doing in the class and in general?"

In dialogue, maybe

"I never asked … how are you doing in the class and in general?"

A comma is too weak to hold those two clauses together.

anonymous
anon006Are the commas okay?

No.

anon006I never asked, how, are you doing in the class and in general?

There are a couple of ways to punctuate that. One is

"I never asked—how are you doing in the class and in general?"

and another is

"I never asked. How are you doing in the class and in general?"

In dialogue, maybe

"I never asked … how are you doing in the class and in general?"

A comma is too weak to hold those two clauses together.

What about : It’s not a big deal. Just rejoin the class. No worries!


Can I replace the periods with commas?

anon006Can I replace the periods with commas?

No. That would make the error called a comma splice.

I strongly suggest you sit down with a stylebook and learn the rules for commas. There aren't that many, and they will stand you in good stead. Strunk & White will give you the basics.

https://faculty.washington.edu/heagerty/Courses/b572/public/StrunkWhite.pdf

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anonymous
anon006Can I replace the periods with commas?

No. That would make the error called a comma splice.

I strongly suggest you sit down with a stylebook and learn the rules for commas. There aren't that many, and they will stand you in good stead. Strunk & White will give you the basics.

https://faculty.washington.edu/heagerty/Courses/b572/public/StrunkWhite.pdf

Another native speaker suggests:

It’s not a big deal, you can rejoin the class. No worries.

anon006It’s not a big deal, you can rejoin the class. No worries.

That is a comma splice.