I agree about mysteries being the best.
That said, I just read a fun book. I don't know where it came from, but was glad to read it, especially in the light way that it was written.
You're going to laugh when I tell you the type of book that it was...it's a grammar/punctuation book. And, it answered a huge question that I could never find the answer to.
My question, for years, has been:
When using quotes in a sentence...and it's not conversation, does the comma go before, or after the unquote? Again, not in conversation.
So, let's say that you write:
I can't believe that the man, a real "prince," or so he thinks in his mind.....
I can't believe that the man, a real "prince", or so he thinks in his mind.....
For a few years I'd put the comma before, then for a while after, repeat.
I couldn't find the answer by reading, as I've seen it both ways.
Finally, this little book gave me the answer:
You put it inside of the quote. Unless, of course, you are a writer from England. Then, you put them outside of the quote. Argh! No wonder I was confused! I was reading authors from various countries.
I imagine that places like Canada and Australia follow the British rule, too.
Well, the book was worthwhile. I can stop being aimless with those particular commas, lol! Sheesh!
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