Is this correct punctuation for the sentence? I called it the,"Witch's tree."

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    This question appears to be off-topic because it is more appropriate for ELL. – MrHen Oct 10 '13 at 20:20
  • You shouldn't have a comma after 'the'. It is British practice to place the closing quotation mark after the full stop in cases like this. – Barrie England Oct 10 '13 at 20:20
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    @BarrieEngland: Regarding the full stop, I was under the impression that AmE puts the period inside quotes in most cases. Are you saying that BrE puts it outside when using quotes to denote a specific name or title? – MrHen Oct 10 '13 at 20:26
  • I can confirm, in AmE we would typically put the period inside the "quotes." – Lumberjack Oct 10 '13 at 20:31
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    British practice is to place inside the quotation marks only that which appears in the words being quoted. – Barrie England Oct 10 '13 at 21:02

No. The correct way to punctuate this sentence is either of the following:

I called it The Witch's Tree.

I called it "The Witch's Tree." (American English)

I called it "The Witch's Tree". (British English)

  • He should also, if he wants it to be a proper noun, caplitalize "The Witch's Tree" as such....not sure about the period inside the quotation marks, but it should be fine that way. – Zibbobz Oct 10 '13 at 20:21
  • Yeah, the capitalization is all messed up but that is a different question so I decided not to mess with it too much. But I think you're right and will edit appropriately. – MrHen Oct 10 '13 at 20:24
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    I think you should probably mention the BrE perspective regarding that period inside the quotes. I know that's how Americans usually do it, but it always looks a bit weird to me. – FumbleFingers Oct 10 '13 at 21:18

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