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Consider the following statement;

He commented that,"I have such a miserable cold, your sarcastic remarks are hardly making any effect on me."

How to know the usage of 'that' here? Is 'that' redundant here?

Also about punctuation;

"I have such a miserable cold, your sarcastic remarks are hardly making any effect on me," He commented.

Should there be comma or full-stop at '...effect on me," He commented.

Also in following, should there be comma or full stop after 'He commented';

He commented."I have such a miserable cold, your sarcastic remarks are hardly making any effect on me."

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(1) "That" is more than redundant; it is incorrect. We would use it before unquoted reported speech - he commented that he had such a cold that [someone's] sarcastic remarks were hardly making any effect on him. You original sentence would be acceptable without 'that'.

(2) You asked:

Also about punctuation;

"I have such a miserable cold, your sarcastic remarks are hardly making any effect on me," He commented.

Should there be comma or full-stop at '...effect on me," He commented.

Do not capitalise "he"; it does not start a new sentence . There should be a comma after "me".

(3) There can be a comma (it is optional).

  • Thank you so much for your answer. Sorry for the mistake, I edited out the 'He commented' in the third question. – codeNewbie Jun 30 at 12:57

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