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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I'd hesitate to say that everything in Wikipedia is 'definitive'. Emotion: smile

Best wishes, Clive
I have been teaching English for 27 years. I have always placed the full stop/period inside the quotation marks. Also, it is "quotation," not "quotes." A "quote" is the remark or statement that a person has made. The punctuation is called "quotation marks."
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Then where do you Yanks put a question mark?



"American grammer".

Why not put two full stops. "American grammer.".


Mix it up with a question mark and a full stop. "American grammer?".
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Yoong Liat wrote:
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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Is this acceptable?

Quoting from a passage:- The sentence is "Rose is happy.".

Double fullstops. I am still quite confused.
That's incorrect.

Just use one period/full stop.

In the US, the period always goes inside th quote marks.

Even in the UK, where there is more logic in its use, the period should go inside here, I believe, because "Rose is happy" is itself a complete sentence.

The sentence is "Rose is happy."
Question marks shouldn't exist on the end of a quotation I believe.
Did someone really say, "xxxxxx etc"?
The bit that is in quotations should not be in quotations as the person is not quoting someone if they don't know they said it or are asking if they said it.
As to whether punctuation should go on the inside or outside of the quotation mark is subjective. Take fictional writing as this seems to be the easiest observation to comprehend. If a character yelled "Look out!" The exclamation point would clearly be inside of the quotation, therefore full stops should be inside of the quotation if ending a sentence too, "I have a banana."
However, should the sentence not be finished in the quotation, then the punctuation should come after the quotation mark. "I was going to the supermarket to buy some", Julie wiped the sweat from her brow, "condoms."
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