ACT English 4.2 Punctuation
ACT English: Punctuation Drill 4, Problem 2. Which choice properly formats the question?
|Product Type||ACT English|
|Punctuation||Dashes, Question Marks, and Exclamation Points|
is harboring a question inside of it.
So we know the original sentence is incorrect, because by putting the question mark at the
end, it makes it seem like someone is asking whether the girl asked something.
Not that someone couldn't do that, but it doesn't seem to be what's going on here.
We can get rid of choice (B) for the exact same reason.
Nobody's asking whether she's asking anything.
We can nix (C) for the same reason, and also because "whether" is a conjunction that generally
signals a choice, not a question.
This leaves us with (D), the correct answer.
See, the quotation marks separate the direct question from the rest of the sentence, making
the sentence a statement about someone asking something,
instead of a question about someone asking something.