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When should end punctuation go inside quotes?

I have been/am being taught that end punctuation should always go inside quotes. For example, you are supposed to write: Marvin thought it was "awful." The problem is I do not see how does this ...
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Is it ever acceptable for a period to come after a quote at the end of a sentence? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it correct to use “punctuation outside of the quotations”, or “inside?” I've heard that you should always place ending punctuation inside of quotes, no matter what. Are ...
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How should I punctuate around quotes where the punctuation required by the quote interferes with the punctuation of the sentence?

The American convention in quotations is (typically) to place punctuation inside quoted text. But I always run into situations where the punctuation of the quote interferes with the punctuation of the ...
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Handling quotes ending in exclamation or question marks [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it correct to use “punctuation outside of the quotations”, or “inside?” I've always had trouble dealing with quotes ending in question marks. Any ...
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Where should I put the comma? Inside or outside the quotation marks? [duplicate]

I need to put a quote in my research paper. My friends give me different answers so I'm confused now... Would it be According to "Title", "blah blah blah." or According to "Title," "blah blah ...
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where to put the comma between two distinct quote? [duplicate]

Where should I put the comma and the quotes in such a sentence? The comments were significantly focused on my being “engaging, patient and extremely helpful,” “very coherent and easy-to-understand,”...
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Comma use in a list of quotations [duplicate]

In an essay for my English class I wrote this sentence. The decision of what I would like to do with my future has been filled with phrases like "undecided", "I don't know", and "I'm not sure yet". ...
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Quotations and Exclamation Marks [duplicate]

I am writing an email reply and want to confirm if the punctuation below is correct. * In response to your question, if it is available, my answer is “yes!" * EDIT: Also, should the exclamation ...
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How to punctuate a quote within a quote? [duplicate]

Duplicate of: What’s the difference between using single and double quotation marks/inverted commas? How are embedded quotations used? And: When should end punctuation go inside quotes? Is it correct ...
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How to punctuate a quoted rhetorical interrogative sentence that ends a declarative sentence?

Below is the sentence I am writing. I am not sure whether I should just end it with an interrogation mark within the quotes, with a period within the quotes, no in-quote punctuation except ...
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Which is more accurate: "The president signed the bill..." or "The president signed the law..."?

Which is more accurate: "The president signed the bill..." or "The president signed the law..."? Update: This is not a social studies question so I should have clarified what I am looking for. The ...
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When do you exactly use a single quote and a double quotes? [closed]

He said that the car was "beautifully scratched." He said that the car was "beautifully scratched". Where should the full stop be? He said that the car was "pretty." He said that the car was 'pretty....
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What's the rule for punctuating quoted words or phrases?

Please bear with me as I am not an English expert, only an aspiring amateur! I'm mostly aware of the rules regarding punctuation and quotes. Something like the following sentence makes sense to me: ...
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When quoting a quote, does the period go at the end? [duplicate]

“I, Joe Smith, a Director of ABC Company, hereby swear and affirm that the original ‘Unanimous Consent of the Board of Directors By Way of Written Resolution of ABC Company, Passed on February 13, ...
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How should the end of a quotation be punctuated? [duplicate]

I was reading a book where the dialogues of the actors were written in paragraphs. The dialogues, were broken down by the author into pieces of sentences, and between the pieces, the author inserted ...