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Koh Elaine
Posted: Sunday, October 15, 2017 11:02:28 AM
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At a Beijing restaurant recently, a boy told his mom that he needed to use the toilet. Instead of escorting him to the washroom, she simply handed him a bowl from the dining table and told him to pee.

A Weibo user witnessed this mother using a blue bowl to contain her son’s pee, before pouring it into another food bowl on 8 Oct. After being caught by a waitress, the unrepentant woman apparently replied, “the bowl has to be washed anyway.”


1. Should there be a comma after 'replied'?
2. Should 'the' be capitalised?
3. Should the full stop be outside the quote marks?

Thanks.
Audiendus
Posted: Friday, November 10, 2017 8:37:47 AM
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Koh Elaine wrote:
A Weibo user witnessed this mother using a blue bowl to contain her son’s pee, before pouring it into another food bowl on 8 Oct. After being caught by a waitress, the unrepentant woman apparently replied, “the bowl has to be washed anyway.”

1. Should there be a comma after 'replied'?
2. Should 'the' be capitalised?
3. Should the full stop be outside the quote marks?


Sorry you have not had an earlier reply!

1. I would use a colon rather than a comma.
2. Yes, I would capitalise "the".
3. In British English, the full stop would normally be placed outside the quote marks.
Koh Elaine
Posted: Friday, November 10, 2017 9:20:51 AM
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Thanks, Audiendus.
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