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How do you write #1? Does #2 need a comma before the word, while or no comma at all?

  1. "How is it? Do you like it? she would ask.
  2. And that is how we would carry on with our mother/daughter dinners each night of the week while my dad was at work.
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The first sentence is correct if you add a quotation mark after the second question (see Handling quotes ending in exclamation or question marks and this guidetogrammar page):

"How is it? Do you like it?" she would ask.

The second sentence is a case of joining an independent clause (everything before the "while") with a dependent one ("while my dad was at work"). Because the independent clause comes first here, you do not need a comma (see butte.edu tip sheet).

And that is how we would carry on with our mother-daughter dinners each night of the week while my dad was at work.

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