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Is it ever acceptable for a period to come after a quote at the end of a sentence?
How much punctuation is appropriate when ending a sentence with a full-sentence quotation?

If I have a sentence where I double quote what someone says, i.e.

The man said "How are you?"

If that was the end of the sentence, does it need a full stop at the end as follows?

The man said "How are you?".

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marked as duplicate by Robusto, Hellion, RegDwigнt, nohat Feb 3 '11 at 18:40

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See also english.stackexchange.com/questions/166/… – Hellion Feb 1 '11 at 21:10
up vote 2 down vote accepted

In a word, no. Never put two punctuation marks separated only by a quote mark. (See this question , as it appears to be a duplicate.)

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So it's better to write, "How are you?" he asked. – oshirowanen Feb 1 '11 at 21:19
yes, that's the correct form. – Hellion Feb 1 '11 at 21:20

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