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Is the following question punctuated/capitalized correctly?

“What’s that, a dishrag?”

Or should it be two questions?

“What’s that? A dishrag?”

Or would a third option be best? Thanks!

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  • A third option could be "Is that a dishrag?" – Weather Vane Jun 22 at 18:39
  • @WeatherVane That's true. However, if we stick with the original wording, what should the capitalization/punctuation be? Thanks! – The Editor Jun 22 at 18:49
  • A third option could be “What’s that—a dishrag?” using an em dash. The capitalization is correct, and this punctuation guide may interest you. – Weather Vane Jun 22 at 18:57
  • @Ah, I like “What’s that—a dishrag?” I think I'll use that one. Since it's a comment, I can't mark your answer as the one I chose. If you want, copy and paste your answer, and I'll be more than happy to mark it the one. 😀 – The Editor Jun 22 at 19:13
  • There's also What's that; a dishrag? and What's that . . . a dishrag? Or even What's that (a dishrag)? – Jason Bassford Jun 22 at 19:36
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The capitalization is correct, and a third option you could consider is

“What’s that—a dishrag?”

using an em dash.

This punctuation guide may interest you.

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