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Sorontar 15th May 2012 05:01 PM

Minecraft is now officially part of Australian education
 
It seems that the national school grading tests (NAPLAN) in Australia today included a touch of Minecraft (Twitter)
Quote:

Matthew Samuel ‏ @matt18sam: @notch HOLY CRAP!!! Minecraft was mentioned on a test that all Australians school kids are doing to today! http://s1-05.twitpicproxy.com/photos...jpg?key=944368twitpic.com/9l8pdv
Pity miniObsi was too sick to take hers.

Sorontar

Carm 15th May 2012 06:22 PM

haha how cool
feel better soon miniObsi :)

DarkDuck 15th May 2012 07:28 PM

now was MiniObsi sick, or off for philisophical reasons?

love this

DaedalusAlpha 15th May 2012 10:13 PM

Hm.. but which one IS punctuated correctly? I think it's the second from the top? or possibly the third from the top...

DarkDuck 15th May 2012 10:38 PM

first there should be a pause after "my favourate game" I believe. Second one has no punctuation at al so it reads

my favouate game said liam is minecraft (all run together no pauses or breaks)

The fourth one is also a possibility but I think the second ones right,

DaedalusAlpha 15th May 2012 11:26 PM

The way I see it is that you can remove " said Liam " from the text and end up with only "My favourite game is Minecraft.". Obviously you don't want any punctuation in that sentence so alternative 1 and 4 would be wrong. But I'm not entirely sure if it's number 2 or 3 that is the right one (starting to lean towards 3). Personally I would have added "said Liam" to the end and be done with it ;)

Sorontar 15th May 2012 11:26 PM

Trust the linguist. The fourth option is correct. You need the commas before and after the said Liam. It is treated the same as a complex adverbial phrase in the middle of a sentence,
e.g. The captain of the ship, after reviewing the charts, exited the room.
If you start a phrase or clause with punctuation, it must end with them.

Sorontar

DaedalusAlpha 16th May 2012 12:14 AM

Thankfully I'm neither in school any more nor Australian, so that will be my excuse :D

Though, I have to ask, why is the first comma before the " and not after? Shouldn't it be outside the main sentence together with said Liam?

Sorontar 16th May 2012 12:42 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DaedalusAlpha (Post 3528616)
Though, I have to ask, why is the first comma before the " and not after? Shouldn't it be outside the main sentence together with said Liam?

Because Australia follows British English in things like this. I believe American English places the first comma after " but British places it before.

Sorontar

Warmonger 16th May 2012 01:07 AM

Nah, American English has it before the quotes as well. Commas and periods always get placed within the quotes and the ends of the appropriate words.


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