Does use-mention distinction sometimes warrant breaking the following capitalization and punctuation conventions?
- American convention recommends placing punctuation within quote marks.
- Sentences should begin with a capital letter.
What is the proper way to deal with the quoted parts in the following sentence? I would usually write:
There’s a typo in the third paragraph. “through” should be “thorough”.
But might these other options be the right way?
- There’s a typo in the third paragraph. “Through” should be “thorough”.
- There’s a typo in the third paragraph. “through” should be “thorough.”
- There’s a typo in the third paragraph. “Through” should be “thorough.”
The above could be fixed by placing the words in italics.
If the typo included a punctuation error, I would be inclined to write:
There's a typo in the third paragraph. "I waited," should be "I waited.".
Using two periods around the end quote seems wrong, but without them, maybe an American would interpret it as a suggestion to just remove the comma in "I waited,".
These questions seemed related, but not quite what I was looking for:
- What's the rule for punctuating quoted words or phrases? (suggested to follow convention)
- Quotes and Punctuation (only dealt with punctuation, break convention to follow standard technical usage)