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Is it correct to have a comma inside the quotes below for this excerpt from a story, or should it be outside?

Bob wanted to see the world and meet other people; he would watch the planes fly past and thought, "Why can't I travel too," but he couldn't afford it, after all, he was only a young boy.

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There can be no comma - a questionmark is required. "... he would watch the planes fly past and thought, "Why can't I travel too**?**" but he couldn't afford it[no comma] after all,

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  • Apologies. I was focusing on providing an example to ask whether the comma should be correctly placed outside the ending quote mark and missed the fact that it was a question. With regards to the [no comma] you added, is this not a valid place for a pause comma? – ade1e Feb 12 at 20:27
  • Replacing the original comma after "afford" with a semicolon or dash might be better, but some punctuation needs to go there, don't just remove it. – nnnnnn Feb 12 at 20:58

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