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I am curious: is it proper usage of grammar to use these words together : Fairly quickly ex: We responded to the fire call fairly quickly.
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Katie, who likes cheese, asks...
How might I punctuate the following sentence? Students, stop cutting in line(?)stop throwing food(?)and stop leaving trash.
Anne answers...
As your sentence stands, I would punctuate it like this: Students! Stop cutting in line; stop throwing food; and stop leaving trash. However, if I were faced with this problem, I'd be inclined to say, "Students, those of you who cut in line, throw food, or leave trash will be removed from the cafeteria."
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