How should I punctuate around quotes?
What do you do when you end the first part of a compound sentence with a quote?
Comma placement when using quotes that end with a question mark
Someone asked What is the difference between saying:
Are you still working there?
Do you still work there?
I started my answer with:
For your specific example, "Are you still working there?" versus "Do you still work there?", when referring to having a job at a company both are commonly used.
That punctuation feels wrong, but I don't know what would be preferable in American English. I am referring in particular about ending the parenthetical phrase with
"Do you still work there?",. (Wow, how about the punctuation of that sentence.) I need the question mark because of the question, I need the quotes to end the quotation, I need the comma to end the parenthetical, but the rules for punctuation around quotation marks are so odd to my way of thinking that I feel like I must be doing something wrong.
What do you think? Is this the best way (without rewriting the sentence) to punctuate it? If not, what would be better?
EDIT: So far we have :
- The Chicago Manual of Style not specifically addressing this case but generally saying "Do you still work there?"
- The Gregg Reference Manual saying "Do you still work there?" BUT "if the omission of a comma at this point could lead to confusion, reword the sentence to avoid the problem."
- and most everyone else agreeing with me on "Do you still work there?",
So yeah, go ahead and close it, as we are not going to settle the question here?