In the sentence "Answer this question, what is eleven times nine?" How can I remove "this question", punctuate properly, and still keep the imperative "Answer".

How about: "Answer this: what is eleven times nine?"

  • Can you say a bit more about why you want to remove 'question' please? Is it just for the sake of brevity, for example? Feb 12, 2018 at 17:30
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    I'd certainly not use a comma in either of your versions. You're allowed to use a capital after a colon where what follows is a sentence. / 'Give the answer to eleven times nine.' works. Feb 12, 2018 at 17:37
  • Yes just for sake of brevity.
    – selden
    Feb 13, 2018 at 17:34

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If you wanted to remove the "this question" part, you should consider...

What is the answer of eleven times nine?

"Answer this: what is eleven times nine?" works as well, yet it does not sound as smooth.

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