RE: punctuation question for xxx(xx?). (is the ? correct)

Subject: RE: punctuation question for xxx(xx?). (is the ? correct)
From: David Hailey <david -dot- hailey -at- usu -dot- edu>
To: David Dorbin <ddorbin -at- yahoo -dot- com>, "dvora -at- tech-challenged -dot- com" <dvora -at- tech-challenged -dot- com>, TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 21 Jan 2009 12:18:49 -0700

For what it's worth, APA Publication Manual and Modern Language Style Manual both support David's suggestion. (Isn't it odd they would both agree on something?)

Dave Hailey

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Subject: Re: punctuation question for xxx(xx?). (is the ? correct)

I would set it thus:
The potential for human error is great. (Haven't we all learned that the hard way?)

Or:

The potential for human error is great; haven't we all learned that the hard way!

Notice the exclamation point in the 2nd version, which is correct for certain types of rhetorical questions.

-Dave



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From: Deborah Hemstreet <dvora -at- tech-challenged -dot- com>
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Sent: Wednesday, January 21, 2009 1:27:00 PM
Subject: punctuation question for xxx(xx?). (is the ? correct)

How would you punctuate the following sentence?

The potential for human error is great (haven't we all learned that the
hard way?).

Thanks!

Deborah
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