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SAT

Unit 11: Lesson 3

Writing: Grammar

Writing: End-of-sentence punctuation — Example 1

Watch Sal work through a basic ​end-of-sentence punctuation question from the SAT Writing and Language Test.

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  • hopper cool style avatar for user Sameer Balhara
    This was the quickest video ever
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  • aqualine tree style avatar for user Zachary Lockman
    Can you make a harder end of sentence punctuation?
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  • blobby green style avatar for user Myles Bradford
    Imagine missing this on the SAT
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  • blobby green style avatar for user kakarorahahai
    "It's not a question of if my three best friends will see the new Star Wars movie, but
    when"
    why a ""?'''' cant be put at the end?
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    • aqualine ultimate style avatar for user Lau Sky
      you can put a question mark outside of the quotations like this "? if the whole sentence is a question. For example . . . .

      Did you just say, "It's not a question of if my three best friends will see the new Star Wars movie, but when"?

      But if you were just asking that question like this. . . .

      She said, ""It's not a question of if my three best friends will see the new Star Wars movie, but when?"

      But even this you couldn't put a question mark cause if you think about it, it's not really a question, it's telling another person what the question is, the question is when. But it's actually not a question.

      Basically you put the question mark closest to what is the question whether the actual quote or the whole sentence. Hope this helps you : )
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  • piceratops ultimate style avatar for user Rodham Patel
    Would a question like this really come up on the SAT? Because it's to easy.
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  • blobby green style avatar for user shishir.inventor
    whats a difference between a colon and a semicolon in the separation of the clauses
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    • spunky sam blue style avatar for user Adam
      A semicolon is used to separate two independent clauses while a colon requires the following independent clause to be either a list, description, explanation, or a quotation.
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  • starky sapling style avatar for user Aaron Izaguirre
    A question mark is added because the sentence is a question right?
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  • stelly blue style avatar for user Romina M. Santoro
    Hey guys!
    My textbook states that question marks are not needed for polite requests such as "Can you please send me the item tomorrow."
    This seems very awkward to me, and I only found this rule in one other source, so I'm trying to find out if this is true or not.
    Does anybody know if this is true? Can anyone please help me? I'm studying for a test, and I really need to know this as soon as possible.
    Thank you in advance for any help you can give me!
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  • blobby green style avatar for user bhandarirabin321
    One thing I wonder is that why didn’t he say that this is ‘WH’ so there is ‘?’ In the last.
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  • duskpin ultimate style avatar for user programmer
    A question like this will NEVER be asked in the SAT, so what's the purpose of this video? Are there any actually useful videos on punctuation I can find here?
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Video transcript

- [Instructor] What would a piece of cheese say if you took its picture? Well this right over here is a question. What would a piece of cheese say if you took its picture, which is an interesting question. So we need to put a question mark at the end. So we need to put a question mark at the end, and out of all these choices, the second one right over here has the question mark at the end. So, definitely go with that.