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Is it correct to use “punctuation outside of the quotations”, or “inside?” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How should I punctuate around quotes? When should end punctuation go inside quotes? Or is it region specific? I was always taught that when ending a quotation, that ...
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Why is the period placed inside the double quote, at the end of a sentence? [duplicate]

My mother tongue is Chinese, and as I read English articles, I find a convention in written English that I can't explain. If a quoted word appears at end of a sentence, the period is written inside ...
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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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Why is the comma inside quotation marks when people are quoted? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When should end punctuation go inside quotes? From a AMS blog post: Some organizations have temporarily suspended their polling, and with the news media tabbing Sandy as ...
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Punctuation inside of quotation marks with technical phrases [duplicate]

If I am not mistaken, one should insert a period, question mark, etc. inside of the quotation mark in quoted speech. For example, The man continued, "The sky is purple today." My question ...
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How to Highlight Words with Quotation Marks? [duplicate]

When we highlight words with quotation marks, should the periods and commas be within or outside of them? Examples: Question 1 A) He is such a "good guy." or B) He is such a "good guy". Question ...
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Punctuation outside of quotes [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How should I punctuate around quotes? When should end punctuation go inside quotes? Here is what I have written: Is it too late to say, "Don't go. I'm sorry"? Here is my ...
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Period before or after quotation mark? [duplicate]

If there is a quote at the end of a sentence, does the period of the quote go before or after the end quotation mark? And if the quote is ended by a question mark does it replace the period that would ...
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Exclamation mark at the end of a quote and end of a sentence [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When should end punctuation go inside quotes? Is the grammar at the end of the following sentence correct? If not, what should it be? I was told in no uncertain terms "this ...
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Position of punctuation in proper title with quotes [duplicate]

Take the following sentence with punctuation purposefully omitted: Do we have an Italian restaurant right next to the Video Outpost "Too" Video Outpost "Too" is a proper title, ...
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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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“something.” vs “something”. at the end of a sentence [duplicate]

We're given the sentences: The boy wouldn't finish the job due to "certain technicalities". The boy wouldn't finish the job due to "certain technicalities." Each sentence ends with quotations. The ...
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Quotation Marks [duplicate]

I'm an American living in the USA. Is it permissible to punctuate thusly, i.e., insert the commas and periods outside the quote marks? • When Joe called me a "schlep", I was offended. • The terms "...
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Why are punctuation end marks placed inside the end quotation mark? [duplicate]

I have always had a hard time understanding the English Grammar rule that punctuation end marks like periods, question marks, or exclamation marks should be placed before the end quote. For instance,...
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Where should the period/full stop go in this instance? [duplicate]

In a sentence that ends with a quoted proper name (of a newspaper), where should the "period" go? Currently it is this: the “Morning Call”. ...but that doesn't look right. Should it be this: the “...
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Punctuation inside or outside quotations [duplicate]

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 ...
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Where does the period go when using parentheses?

Where should the period go when using parentheses? For example: In sentence one, I use this example (which has a parenthesis at the end.) Should the period be inside, or outside of the parentheses?...
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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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What does “It's not me, it's you?” mean in the phrase, “So why are more of us telling our banks, “It's not me, it's you?”

The article of Time magazine (September 13) titled, “America to Banks: We’re just not that into you” begins with the following lines: “The number of Americans who have cut the cord with mainstream ...
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Punctuations for quotes in a list

"make a monkey of someone", " don't monkey with that lock!", and "where have you been, you little monkey!" are examples of sentences where monkey have different meaning. Should the comma be placed ...
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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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Should one stick to American style of placing punctuation marks within quotes if one uses the American spelling?

According to Wikipedia, there are two ways to use punctation marks when it comes to quoting. Basically, we have the British style, where punctation marks that don't come from the quoted material "is ...
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Parenthesis and quotations having punctuation before AND after them [closed]

I'll have to come up with some examples to show you my question: I know if a sentence is inside either, the punctuation is inside (I also know I use a lot of comma splices. I think of the way the ...
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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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“), or ,”) in the middle of a sentence? [duplicate]

I think commas are typically placed after closed parentheses and within quotation marks. This creates a dilemma when all three are used together. Example one: You may like snelms (or "snail helms,") ...
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Integrating quotes from a short story into an essay for better flow

I am working on Freytag Pyramid and wish to integrate a direct quote from the text with my sentences. Example Original Text: There was a white horse spreading its wings of fury over the horizon. ...
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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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“Snapping out” vs “snapping out of it.”

I wrote the following: Eri was still staring at the screen, but her eyes were expresionless, as if in a trance. Her father laughed. "I admit it was a shocking footage. But Eri, you look ...
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Punctuating a quoted question within a quoted statement

I'm working on a story, and I find myself faced with something of a quandary. Specifically, I need to know the proper style for the following: “I have thousands of them,” the commissioner answered,...
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Prepositional Phrase with title

Since the prepositional phrase at the beginning of this sentence is more than five words, does it need this comma? Or can the comma be omitted? In “I’m Off to See Her,” I attempt to bring up the ...
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1answer
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Quotation marks punctuation

My understanding is that rules governing punctuation and quotation marks are partly governed by what country you're writing in. For example, in American English, we always place periods inside ...
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Mixing American and British punctuation conventions

I was reading a newspaper article and found -- what I believe is -- a mix of American and British conventions when it comes to punctuation. (I'm an engineer by trade, not a linguist.) I'd expect you ...
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general punctuation question

When life gives you lemons you say, "blah blah." That is how i wrote the sentence. However, I am not sure about the period before the quotation mark. the other question I have is that I am also not ...
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Comma after quotation mark in middle of sentence [duplicate]

Do I need a comma after "Go!" in the following sentence? When I said, "Go!" all the children ran up to a card and picked it up. Does the sentence look right (with a lowercase a) or should I reword ...
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how to use a periods/commas when putting a title within quotes (no italicizing on instagram)

I have to do social media for an instagram page that often times references books, movies, and tv shows. 1) how do punctuate correctly when using the title at the end of the sentence. 2) how do you i ...