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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Poll Results 2

Thanks to everyone who voted. The majority, 68%, got it right. The incorrect punctuation mark was an apostrophe. Here is the question again:
Which punctuation mark is incorrect? The naughty boy—he broke a window—was sent to the principals’ office; he claimed he was innocent, though.
The apostrophe is incorrect because there is only one principal; therefore, it should be "the principal's office."
I want to ask those of you who voted otherwise why you thought your answer was the correct one (the other choices were em dash, comma or semicolon.


Anonymous said...

...innocent, though.

That is informal or non-standard, isn't it? I use that format a lot in my writing, though.

The Sentence Sleuth said...

I don't think it's particularly informal. It's more or less normal as far as I know.