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are this phrases correct. if i put ( ) it means --- "do I put a comma there?"

1. "But I swear ( ) I didn't know."

2. "I have to make things right ( ) but how?"

3. "No time to explain ( ) just trust me."

4."Not now ( ) I'm too close."

5. "Here ( ) have some cake."

( in dialog do i place a comma just after the "here" just like in "now,")

6. "Sure ( ) you were" and " Sure ( ) we'd appreciate the help."

(do i place a comma just after "sure" just like in "now" and "well")

thanks for the help.
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Hi,

Tell us what you think first ( ) OK?

Best wishes ( ) Clive

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Marketare this phrases correct. if i put ( ) it means --- "do I put a comma there?"

1. "But I swear ( no comma) I didn't know."

2. "I have to make things right ( a period) but how?"

3. "No time to explain ( a period) just trust me."

4."Not now (a period ) I'm too close."

5. "Here ( a comma) have some cake."

( in dialog do i place a comma just after the "here" just like in "now,")

6. "Sure (no comma ) you were" and " Sure ( no comma) we'd appreciate the help."

(do i place a comma just after "sure" just like in "now" and "well")

thanks for the help.
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Hi again,

In dialogue, either a period or a comma can often be used. The coventions of dialogue punctuation are a bit looser.

1. "But I swear ( no comma) I didn't know." Ok

2. "I have to make things right ( a period) but how?" A comma is better.

3. "No time to explain ( a period) just trust me." period or comma

4."Not now (a period I'm too close." period or comma

5. "Here ( a comma) have some cake." OK

( in dialog do i place a comma just after the "here" just like in "now,") Yes. Or a period.

6. "Sure (no comma you were" Yes. It's short for 'I'm sure you were' and " Sure ( no comma) No, use a comma. 'Sure' here means 'yes'. we'd appreciate the help."

(do i place a comma just after "sure" just like in "now" and "well") See my comments above, please.

Best wishes, Clive
thanks for the help. need help we one more thing. the comma just before two independent clauses. if the subject comes just after the conjuction i find it easy but when it's not just after i find it confusing.

here are some examples in dialog.

1."I lost hope in my old age ( ) but now it has finally arrived." I'd say there goes a comma.

2."You can plant whatever you'd like ( ) but first you have to remove all the rocks from it."

I'd say there goes a comma.

plus one phrase i'm having trouble with.

3."these things whatever they are ( ) they're trying to tell me something."
Hi again,

I'd say that, for practical purposes, you should use a comma if it helps to make the meaning clear. In your first two examples, I see a comma as optional. If you put a comma there, it means I will pause briefly after the first part and think about it. By putting a comma, that's what you are inviting me to do.

1. I lost hope in my old age ( ) but now it has finally arrived." I'd say there goes a comma.

2."You can plant whatever you'd like ( ) but first you have to remove all the rocks from it."

I'd say there goes a comma.

plus one phrase i'm having trouble with.

3."these things whatever they are ( ) they're trying to tell me something."

#3 is not really a completely grammatical sentence. It looks like spoken, disjointed phrases that have been written down. In such a text, I'd write it as "These things, whatever they are, they're trying to tell me something."

Best wishes, Clive
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thanks clive you've been a big help. I'm french and I'm working on my grammar.

but I find the dialoq punctuation the hardest but i am getting there. thanks again.
Marketare this phrases correct. if i put ( ) it means --- "do I put a comma there?"
1. "But I swear ( ) I didn't know."
2. "I have to make things right ( ) but how?"
3. "No time to explain ( ) just trust me."
4."Not now ( ) I'm too close."
5. "Here ( ) have some cake."
( in dialog do i place a comma just after the "here" just like in "now,")
6. "Sure ( ) you were" and " Sure ( ) we'd appreciate the help."
(do i place a comma just after "sure" just like in "now" and "well")
thanks for the help.
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