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I'm a native English speaker, but I'm just not sure about this sentence: Who, then, told me to make to eat a cookie, during the time in which I was taking a break.
Is that a complete sentence or is it a fragment'

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updated NOV 19, 2008
posted by Katie

18 Answers

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The reason I tried this awkward sentence was because I didn't want to have a SUPER long sentence. That sentence I cut that out of was already really long, so I tried this. But I guess I can't do that. :( Thanks again everyone for all your suggestions.

updated NOV 19, 2008
posted by Katie
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I thought about asking that in my last post. Thank you very much for anticipating the question.

James Santiago said:

For anyone who cares, "you know who" is ya-sabes-quién in Spanish. It is used as a noun (Ella está saliendo con ya-sabes-quién).

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updated NOV 18, 2008
posted by Janice
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For anyone who cares, "you know who" is ya-sabes-quién in Spanish. It is used as a noun (Ella está saliendo con ya-sabes-quién).

updated NOV 18, 2008
posted by 00bacfba
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Yes, I see..You are right, it sounds awkward. And yes, I can imagine the quotation marks...and the undercurrent. Although I guess that one would probably have prefixed the "who" in your example with "You know". Certainly it is common enough.to talk about "you know who" when not wanting to mention a name and certain that your conversation partner knows "whom" you meangrin.

Gus said:

during the time in which I was taking a break. The above sounds ackward to me; that why I change it .

Janice said:

Huh uh, Gus. Unless you are talking about one of the "Who's" whom Horton heardgrin. Reread Quentin's reply, retyped in full by James Santiago so as to to leave no doubts.By the way, @Kkatie, who did in fact tell you to eat a cookie? And why? Were you feeling weak?

Gus said:

Who, then, told me to eat a cookie, during the time in which I was taking a break.Also, I didn't mean for it to be a question.Then, "who" told me to eat a cookie dduring my break time.

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updated NOV 18, 2008
posted by Janice
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I meant to write, with all due respect, I object to the corrections made

Gus said:

I with all due respect, object to the corrections made.

Janice said:

Huh uh, Gus. Unless you are talking about one of the "Who's" whom Horton heardgrin. Reread Quentin's reply, retyped in full by James Santiago so as to to leave no doubts.By the way, @Kkatie, who did in fact tell you to eat a cookie? And why? Were you feeling weak?

Gus said:

Who, then, told me to eat a cookie, during the time in which I was taking a break.Also, I didn't mean for it to be a question.Then, "who" told me to eat a cookie dduring my break time.

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updated NOV 18, 2008
posted by 00769608
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I with all due respect, object to the corrections made.

Janice said:

Huh uh, Gus. Unless you are talking about one of the "Who's" whom Horton heardgrin. Reread Quentin's reply, retyped in full by James Santiago so as to to leave no doubts.By the way, @Kkatie, who did in fact tell you to eat a cookie? And why? Were you feeling weak?

Gus said:

Who, then, told me to eat a cookie, during the time in which I was taking a break.Also, I didn't mean for it to be a question.Then, "who" told me to eat a cookie dduring my break time.

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updated NOV 18, 2008
posted by 00769608
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My reason for writing who in quotation marks was that, I imagined two women talking while smoking outside their building? office,' and one of the women said to the other women, who'' while at the same time making quotation marks with her fingers.

'Smoking inside public buildings is not allowed in Montgomery County, Maryland.

I hope this explanation is sactisfactory.

''Not wanting to mention the person by name, she just say who and at the same time making the quotation marks with her fingers.

Gus said:

during the time in which I was taking a break.The above sounds ackward to me; that why I change it .

Janice said:

Huh uh, Gus. Unless you are talking about one of the "Who's" whom Horton heardgrin. Reread Quentin's reply, retyped in full by James Santiago so as to to leave no doubts.By the way, @Kkatie, who did in fact tell you to eat a cookie? And why? Were you feeling weak?

Gus said:

Who, then, told me to eat a cookie, during the time in which I was taking a break.Also, I didn't mean for it to be a question.Then, "who" told me to eat a cookie dduring my break time.

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updated NOV 18, 2008
posted by 00769608
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Lol. That's not what I really wrote. It was just an example.

Janice said:

Huh uh, Gus. Unless you are talking about one of the "Who's" whom Horton heardgrin. Reread Quentin's reply, retyped in full by James Santiago so as to to leave no doubts.By the way, @Kkatie, who did in fact tell you to eat a cookie? And why? Were you feeling weak?

Gus said:

Who, then, told me to eat a cookie, during the time in which I was taking a break.Also, I didn't mean for it to be a question.Then, "who" told me to eat a cookie dduring my break time.

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updated NOV 18, 2008
posted by Katie
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during the time in which I was taking a break.
The above sounds ackward to me; that why I change it .

Janice said:

Huh uh, Gus. Unless you are talking about one of the "Who's" whom Horton heardgrin. Reread Quentin's reply, retyped in full by James Santiago so as to to leave no doubts.By the way, @Kkatie, who did in fact tell you to eat a cookie? And why? Were you feeling weak?

Gus said:

Who, then, told me to eat a cookie, during the time in which I was taking a break.Also, I didn't mean for it to be a question.Then, "who" told me to eat a cookie dduring my break time.

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updated NOV 18, 2008
posted by 00769608
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Huh uh, Gus. Unless you are talking about one of the "Who's" whom Horton heardgrin. Reread Quentin's reply, retyped in full by James Santiago so as to to leave no doubts.

By the way, @Kkatie, who did in fact tell you to eat a cookie? And why? Were you feeling weak?

Gus said:

Who, then, told me to eat a cookie, during the time in which I was taking a break. Also, I didn't mean for it to be a question.

Then, "who" told me to eat a cookie dduring my break time.

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updated NOV 18, 2008
posted by Janice
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Who, then, told me to eat a cookie, during the time in which I was taking a break.
Also, I didn't mean for it to be a question.

Then, "who" told me to eat a cookie dduring my break time.

updated NOV 18, 2008
posted by 00769608
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I agree with Quentin, and will just type out what he is suggesting.

..., who then told me to eat a cookie during the time in which I was taking a break.

I see no need for any commas in this clause.

updated NOV 17, 2008
posted by 00bacfba
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O.K. Thanks alot! I'll try to do that.

updated NOV 17, 2008
posted by Katie
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In that case, the entire thing is just a clause as Lazurus stated, but the who should not be capitalized
I was talking to John, who....
(whether the comma is needed depends on whether the clause is in apposition or not.)

Katie said:

Thanks, everyone. But that was a typo. I meant to write: Who, then, told me to eat a cookie, during the time in which I was taking a break.Also, I didn't mean for it to be a question. Before in the paper, I was talking about a person.

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updated NOV 17, 2008
posted by 0074b507
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Thanks, everyone. But that was a typo. I meant to write: Who, then, told me to eat a cookie, during the time in which I was taking a break.
Also, I didn't mean for it to be a question. Before in the paper, I was talking about a person.

updated NOV 17, 2008
posted by Katie
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