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Help! A Parenthesis Problem

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Help! A Parenthesis Problem

Postby lish1936 » Fri Aug 24, 2012 12:23 pm

Which is correct? I think the first is correct, but not with 100% certainty.

Her words bespoke a heavy heart. “…Call me Mara (Bitter)…Why then call me Naomi (Pleasant), since the Lord has witnessed against me and the Almighty has
afflicted me ?” (Ruth 1:20).


Her words bespoke a heavy heart. “…Call me Mara (Bitter)…Why then call me Naomi (Pleasant), since the Lord has witnessed against me and the Almighty has
afflicted me” (Ruth 1:20)?


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Re: Help! A Parenthesis Problem

Postby lauralnm » Fri Aug 24, 2012 1:30 pm

I'm no expert either, but I'd say the first example is correct.

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Re: Help! A Parenthesis Problem

Postby Come forth » Fri Aug 24, 2012 6:41 pm

I'm not an expert either (for which I am glad - an ex is a has been and a spurt is a drip under pressure) but the question is contained within the quotation marks, so therefor the question mark should also be there. The scriptural reference is outside of the question and should be where it is in the first example, added by the writer at the conclusion of what it refers to.

The first example is therefore correct in my opinion.

I apologize to all experts in all areas of life for my pun; put it down to jealousy.

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Re: Help! A Parenthesis Problem

Postby lauralnm » Fri Aug 24, 2012 9:18 pm

If the "experts" don't appreciate your humor, there's something wrong with them Graham. You put a big old fat smile on my face! blessings... laura


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