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For example:

The man tried to act dignified and proclaimed his name, "Michael!", to the heavens, but his voice cracked in the middle of speaking.

Is the comma after Michael proper?

  • No, it isn't. Among other reasons, a comma may not follow any other punctuation mark, including your exclamation mark; not even with that quotation mark between them. Sadly your example is both complicated and unnatural, which will make any attempt at correction fraught, at best. – Robbie Goodwin Oct 11 '17 at 21:42
  • Alright, that makes sense. So then my best bet would just be to try to avoid writing like this? – Shadowtail Oct 13 '17 at 5:49
  • Uh… as far as it goes, yes. Sadly your example is still both complicated and unnatural, which will make any attempt at correction fraught, at best. – Robbie Goodwin Oct 13 '17 at 21:55

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