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Koh Elaine
Posted: Sunday, September 10, 2017 8:53:54 AM
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Once again, we must go back to context. In the Hebrew Scriptures, when Moses asked God His name at the burning bush, God answered, “I AM.” He was revealing to Moses that He is the one and only God who is outside of time and has always existed. Incredibly, Jesus was using these holy words to describe himself. The question is, “Why?”

Is the comma after 'is' required?

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TMe
Posted: Sunday, September 10, 2017 11:45:46 AM

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Yes, definitely.

My question is........why? Inserting comma means giving time to the audience to prepare for the question. IMO

I am a layman.
Audiendus
Posted: Sunday, September 10, 2017 11:50:30 AM
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Koh Elaine wrote:
Is the comma after 'is' required?


In my opinion, a comma doesn't look right. I would prefer either nothing or (if you wish to give the effect of a pause) a colon.

The question is "Why?"
The question is: "Why?"
Koh Elaine
Posted: Sunday, September 10, 2017 11:54:43 AM
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Thanks, Audiendus
Koh Elaine
Posted: Sunday, September 10, 2017 11:56:38 AM
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TMe wrote:
Yes, definitely.

My question is........why? Inserting comma means giving time to the audience to prepare for the question. IMO

I don't think it's correct to insert a string of dots - only three is good enough.
TMe
Posted: Sunday, September 10, 2017 12:07:09 PM

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Its correct in writing, not in speech.

I am a layman.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Monday, September 11, 2017 7:48:57 AM

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When I grew up (many, many years ago) I was taught to write in this style:

The question is: “Why?”

I have seen this style:

The question is, “Why?”

and these styles:

The question is “Why?”
The question is - “Why?”

I think, like Audiendus, I prefer the 'no-pause' or 'long pause' depending on how dramatically it is spoken. Punctuation only indicates how a sentence is spoken.

The question is “Why?”
The question is: “Why?”


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