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'Dialect' grammar question

My grammar sources, oddly enough, do not have the answer I seek. At least not that I can tell.

If one were spelling words wrong to indicate dialect, and putting apostrophes at the end of the word (ie cryin') and the word falls at the end of a sentence, would the punctuation go before or after the apostrophe.

In other words, which is correct:

a) I couldn't hear over all the cryin'.

or

b) I couldn't hear over all the cryin.'

Thanks!

Comments

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thealisonbailey
May. 16th, 2006 12:59 am (UTC)
Ah, the dropped "g".
I do it the first way and have yet to be corrected by an English professor. The second way doesn't make much sense to me...
mechante_fille
May. 16th, 2006 01:01 am (UTC)
Re: Ah, the dropped "g".
I was very much thinking that, but didn't want to be wrong.

Thanks!
melayneseahawk
May. 16th, 2006 01:03 am (UTC)
The first way is correct. Separating the ' from the word with a period changes the purpose of the '.
mechante_fille
May. 16th, 2006 01:14 am (UTC)
I'm seriously considering an affair with your icon... though, I suppose telling you kinda ends that before it began. Ah, well.

Also, that is a really great way to remember that, thanks!
melayneseahawk
May. 16th, 2006 01:17 am (UTC)
Well, my icons are whores. You can gank it, as long as you credit whoever made it (can't remember off the top of my head; credit's in my icon list).
mechante_fille
May. 16th, 2006 01:47 am (UTC)
^_^
magnet_dragon
May. 16th, 2006 02:57 am (UTC)
Whenever I handwrite things, I cleverly put the apostraphe right over the period. :B

But I'm pretty sure the correct way is A, too.
mechante_fille
May. 16th, 2006 03:50 am (UTC)
*grins at you* I know, typing is such a pain that way...

Thanks for the input!!
ormery
May. 16th, 2006 09:48 am (UTC)
The correct way is the first one.

You should now know this as sure as you know you are breathing, for I am Squeaky and we're talking about punctuation; when it comes to punctuation, I am never, ever wrong.
mechante_fille
May. 16th, 2006 11:13 am (UTC)
^_^

Got it!
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