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What would be the appropriate punctuation for:

What can be learned from this answer to the question, “Can you tell me why you changed my grade from a score of 16 to 15?” “Well,…16 just didn’t feel right to me.”
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Awk! No matter how you punctuate, it's going to take a slide rule to figure it out; I'd reorganize it, Dave--

"Can you tell me why you changed my grade from a score of 16 to 15?"
"Well…16 just didn’t feel right to me."

What can be learned from the answer to this question?

ANS: The instructor is into numerology?
Your advice on reorganizing occurred to me. Except, in its context, the statement is third in a sequence of statements that start with the phrase, "What can be learned from..."

When you have nothing better to do, or if you can find your slide rule, would you want to take another crack at it, without reorganizing it?

Of course, the question in the original statement is rhetorical. But I laugh heartily at your answer. Good for a New Yorker cartoon.
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I don't really want to try this, but how about:

"What can be learned from...

'Well…16 just didn’t feel right to me' (the answer to the question, 'Can you tell me why you changed my grade from a score of 16 to 15?')?"

-- or do I have to keep it in the same word order you had it?
Valiant effort. Didn't want to force you into it.

Your ?')?" at the end is just the kind of thing that blows me out of the water.

Did you, however, further complicate the punctuation by quoting my sentence, because your solution looks as complicated as the answer to punctuating the original sentence without changing its word order.
Re: What can be learned from this answer to the question, “Can you tell me why you changed my grade from a score of 16 to 15?” “Well,…16 just didn’t feel right to me.”

What can be learned from the answer(to the question “Can you tell me why you changed my grade from a score of 16 to 15?” ), “Well,…16 just didn’t feel right to me.” ?
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Oops! Yes I did, Dave. Website habit, I guess. Please remove it at your leisure. And say-- you never showed us how you would do it!
How about:

What can be learned from hearing the question, “Can you tell me why you changed my grade from a score of 16 to 15?” answered with: “Well,…16 just didn’t feel right to me.”?

(Admittedly, though the change in word order creates a slightly different kind of emphasis, the change does not harm my intent. I just don't see now how my original wording can make its way into print without visually confusing punctuation--even if there were an applicable rule.)
Yes, I think your approach is much clearer, Dave. How about grammatically compacting a bit more, then?--

What can be learned from the question, "Can you tell me why you changed my grade from a score of 16 to 15?", and (or 'together with') its response, "Well…16 just didn’t feel right to me."?

(I don't think that midfield colon works. Nor the comma/ellipsis combo.)
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