I was taught that punctuation goes inside quotes.
For example, this would be wrong:
Mama opts to give Maggie the quilts because “Maggie knows how to quilt".
But someone was reading my essay and told me I'm wrong.
Please clarify. I'm confused :(
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If the punctuation is part of the quoted material, the quote mark would go outside of the punctuation.
He said, "I hate you."
If the quoted material contains no punctuation--perhaps a phrase: Do you like "belly buttons"?--the punctuation would go outside the material in quotes. However logical this is, it is frequently violated.
However, the first example is rigidly adhered to, as the link provided in a comment above will attest.