1217 TPS Punctuation Mastery Contest-Answer and Explanation你是善用標點符號的高手嗎? 正確解答!

Corrected sentence:

“And why should I listen to you?” the policeman asked Harry. Samuelson had seen enough of Harry for one night and walked away from the confrontation.”

These sentences convey two voices and two attitudes. The question is, whose voices are being expressed? By placing a question mark inside quotation marks before “the policeman,” it is clear the policeman is speaking to Harry. Putting a comma after “you,” and the question mark and quote mark after “policeman” makes Harry the speaker. Either decision can be justified. The other person is the observer, Samuelson, who is not impressed with Harry confronting the policeman. Therefore, a period must be placed after “asked Harry.” If the period instead is placed after “asked,” Harry Samuelson becomes both speaker and observer, which makes no sense. Another period is needed at the end of the second sentence. Sorting out sentences can be a challenge.
這些句子表達出兩個聲音、兩種態度。但問題是,發話者到底是誰呢?如果在「policeman」前面加上問號和引號,就會明白是警察在和Harry說話。但若在「you」後面加上逗點,然後在「policeman」後面加上引號,就變成是Harry在說話了。這兩種改法都行得通。句中出現的另外一個人Samuelson則是整件事的目擊者,他對Harry勇於對抗警察可絲毫不感興趣。所以應該在「asked Harry」後面加上句點。相反地,如果在「asked」後加上句點,Harry Samuelson就變成了說話者和目擊者,使句子變得毫無意義。另外,在第二個句子的最後,也應該要加上句點。看來句子的排列可真是一大挑戰呢。


Posted at 2012-12-18 10:42:15

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