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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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“), 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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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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“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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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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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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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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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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