Is there ever an instance where you might need a comma both inside and outside quotation marks? Consider this example:

You might stand there and think to yourself, “Yes, she’s right, I am hopeless,”, and this might actually seem to please her.

Does this seem right? There should be a comma to divide the two parts of the sentence because this 'and' is a coordinating conjunction, but it just looks kind of silly.

  • Don't do that! It's common for one punctuation mark to serve two purposes. Would you use or two periods if your sentence ends with "etc"? – Ross Murray Jan 28 '18 at 22:15
  • When reproducing a written quotation precisely, punctuation needs to be reproduced faithfully. I suppose << The alternatives given were "I am hopeless,”, "I am hopeless”, and "I am hopeless?” >> might be encountered, but I'd try hard to rephrase here. – Edwin Ashworth Jan 28 '18 at 23:27
  • No; you’re right and it just looks kind of silly at best except in the unrealistic case where you're deliberately constructing a passage describing the use of commas… in which case it might be justifiable but it would still look silly. There is no need for a second comma in “ ‘I am hopeless,’ , and this might actually seem to please her.” Could you look again at that Question after finding some examples explained in text books, or published or preferably both? – Robbie Goodwin Feb 11 '18 at 23:53

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