I am having confusion, where to put comma, in the following case after the word water:

  1. There are roughly 1000 different words for “water,” as well as for “louse”.

Or should I use put comma after quotation mark? As in:

  1. There are roughly 1000 different words for “water”, as well as for “louse”.
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    If you want the answer to focus on BrE (per your comment below) , you need to add that tag. Jul 20, 2018 at 18:12
  • @Cascabel, Okay, surely.
    – Ahmed
    Jul 20, 2018 at 18:18

1 Answer 1


In American English, commas and periods always go inside quotation marks. See rule 4.


The American style places commas and periods inside the quotation marks, even if they are not in the original material. British style (more sensibly) places unquoted periods and commas outside the quotation marks. For all other punctuation, the British and American styles are in agreement: unless the punctuation is part of the quoted material, it goes outside the quotation marks.

  • Thanks! But do you know about BrE's rules for commas?
    – Ahmed
    Jul 20, 2018 at 18:06
  • What is BrE? I am not familiar with this abbreviation.
    – user305707
    Jul 20, 2018 at 18:09
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    British English...just as AmE is the abbreviation for American English. Jul 20, 2018 at 18:10
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    Ah. I don't know what the rules are in British English, but I imagine they're the same. One difference I know of is that the British style uses single quotes for initial quotations, and then double quotes for quotations within the initial quotation.
    – user305707
    Jul 20, 2018 at 18:19
  • @NathanM, please, add your comment of British English into your answer, so that I can re-accept it.
    – Ahmed
    Jul 20, 2018 at 18:34

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