Is full stop before or after quotation marks?

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The word is "clever."

The word is "clever".

Which is the correct way to punctuate the above sentence? Do the British and the Americans punctuate differently with regard to the above?
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Hi Anon,

Your answer is spot on. However, perhaps there are some more recent threads, in which the issue was not fully resolved a year ago, that you'd like to contribute your knowledge to?
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Yes. BrE encloses the period; AmE places it outside. That is probably a slight generalization, as style manuals may vary (and I place the period outside).
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Mister MicawberYes. BrE encloses the period; AmE places it outside. That is probably a slight generalization, as style manuals may vary (and I place the period outside).

AmE places the quotation marks outside. I think the AmE way is more logical.
Yoong Liat AmE places the quotation marks outside. I think the AmE way is more logical.
I don't think the same way, but I will comply.
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Yoong Liat AmE places the quotation marks outside. I think the AmE way is more logical.
I don't think the same way, but I will comply.
On second thoughts, it is the other way round. AmE places the full stop inside the quotation marks.

The word is "clever."
I beg to differ. In Yoong Liat's example, "clever" is a word quoted within the sentence, so the quotes close before the full stop. If you're quoting a complete sentence, the full stop comes within the quotes.

"I am clever."
The word is "clever"
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In my opinion, if you put the full stop always inside the quotes, or always outside, you're over-simplifying the rule, whether in AmE or BrE.
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Hi J Lewis,

"If you're quoting a complete sentence, the full stop comes within the quotes.If you're quoting a complete sentence, the full stop comes within the quotes."

Not always. Compare:

In the words of J Lewis, "If you're quoting a complete sentence, the full stop comes within the quotes.If you're quoting a complete sentence, the full stop comes within the quotes".



"If you're quoting a complete sentence, the full stop comes within the quotes.If you're quoting a complete sentence, the full stop comes within the quotes."



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As Mr. M says, it's a matter of style. American style, for better for for worse (and most would agree it is often for the worse) is to ALWAYS place the period/full stop inside the quote marks.

I am the one who had never heard of an ergative verb before I came to this site, but I'm also the one who edits business writing all the time. If you want me to find all the citations in the AP Style Book, the Chicago Manual of Styles, etc., I will, but really, truly... American English puts the quote on the outside.

The word you are now thinking is "ridiculous."
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Where did everyone learn that AME style was to place the full stop inside the quotes? That simply isn't the case. If I did that on one of my college papers, it would be marked wrong.
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