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Hi can someone please approve my answer to the following punctuation exercise. My punctuation marks answers are highlighted in red font.

Re-write the following, putting in capital letters, punctuation marks, apostrophes and quotation marks:

what a strange trunk exclaimed john whose is it its captain hardys replied his uncle dick I ll tell you about it if youve time to listen im very sorry I cant stay just now for I must be back at school by two o clock may I call again later in the afternoon

“What a strange trunk!" exclaimed John. “Whose is it?”

It’s Captain Hardy’s,” replied his Uncle Dick. “I’ll tell you about it if you’ve time to listen.”

“I’m very sorry, I cant stay just now for I must be back at school by two o’clock. May I call again later in the afternoon?”

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Anil17

Hi can someone please approve my answer to the following punctuation exercise. My punctuation marks answers are highlighted in red font.

Re-write the following, putting in capital letters, punctuation marks, apostrophes and quotation marks:

“What a strange trunk!" exclaimed John. “Whose is it?”

It’s Captain Hardy’s,” replied his Uncle Dick. “I’ll tell you about it if you’ve time to listen.”

“I’m very sorry,(.) I can't stay just now, for I must be back at school by two o’clock. May I call again later in the afternoon?”

A full stop after 'sorry', as indicated in brackets. An apostrophe between n and t in can't. A comma after 'now'.

Hi,

can't

Clive
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Hello to Yoong Liat and Clive

Thanks both of you. However, have both of you come up with different interpretations. Which is correct, please advise?:

Yoong Liat has:

“I’m very sorry. I can’t stay just now, for I must be back at school by two o’clock. May I call again later in the afternoon?”

Clive has:

"I’m very sorry, I can’t stay just now for I must be back at school by two o’clock. May I call again later in the afternoon?”
Hi Anil

Yoong Liat has:

“I’m very sorry. I can’t stay just now, for I must be back at school by two o’clock. May I call again later in the afternoon?”

(To me, "I'm very sorry" is by itself a complete sentence, so a full stop is required after 'sorry'. Do you notice there is a comma after 'now' followed by the next word 'for'? This is because when 'for' is used with its meaning 'because', a comma needs to be inserted before' for'. ( For example, The baby is crying, for she is hungry.)

Clive has:

"I’m very sorry, I can’t stay just now for I must be back at school by two o’clock. May I call again later in the afternoon?”
In the midst of all this, you need an open quotation mark before It's
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Thanks, Barbara, you're right. There should be open quotation marks before It's. I've inserted them.

“What a strange trunk!" exclaimed John. “Whose is it?”

"It’s Captain Hardy’s,” replied his Uncle Dick. “I’ll tell you about it if you’ve time to listen.”

“I’m very sorry. I can't stay just now, for I must be back at school by two o’clock. May I call again later in the afternoon?”