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Guest:When using punctuation within quotes, should the punctuation be inside the quotaion marks or outside?
rvw:To me, the rules regarding punctuation around quotation marks are not always logical. To 'remember' them, I extracted the following from Webster's Third New International Dictionary:
13.1 Direct quotations: "When I am dead," said one of the keenest minds, "lay a sword on my coffin."
Anonymous:Grrrrrrr. Thanks is spelled t-h-a-n-k-s, not t-h-a-n-x! Also, Christmas is not spelled X-m-a-s!
Quotation marks at the end of a sentence should always come after the ending punctuation mark, for instance:
My mother's name is "Rita."
The boy asked, "When will we go?"
If it is put before the closing punctuation mark, the closing punctuation mark is left dangling, is quite irritating and shows ignorance on the part of the writer. The following is quite wrong:
My mother's name is "Rita".
My mother's name is "Rita".Hmm. Looks fine to me.
Interesting discourse, Anon.
AnonymousQuotation marks at the end of a sentence should always come after the ending punctuation mark, for instance:
If it is put before the closing punctuation mark, the closing punctuation mark is left dangling, is quite irritating and shows ignorance on the part of the writer.Many Americans do follow this rule; however, many in other parts of the world don't.
I have both British and American friends, and I used to consider whom I'm writing to when I decided on my punctuation. I finally gave up trying to please everybody, so now I just stick with what I believe is right.
Anonymous:For the definitive on this see Robin Williams' books, The PC Is Not A Typewriter and The Mac is Not A Typewriter. The punctuation goes inside of quotes at the end of a sentence.
Anonymous:Contrary to what "Anonymous" wrote, there are times where the ending punctuation goes inside quotes:
Tom looked up and replied, "What can I do for you?"
Lucy stubbed her toe. "Ouch!" she cried.
Anonymous:In British English the punctuation goes within the quotation marks when the quotation is a complete sentence, but when the quotation is only an excerpt of the whole quotation the punctuation goes outside the quotation marks.
In American English it is different.
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