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Hi,
I am having a touch of trouble with punctuating quotes. Could someone please shed a little light on the following and tell me if they are correct in terms of the full stop at the end?

1. Although many people smoke "many have tried to give up in recent years" (Smith 2009).

2. This opinion is clear: "They simply don't want to try and give up" (Smith 2009).

3. This opinion is clear: "They simply don't want to try and give up" (ibid. 234).

4. The idea was rejected by the author as "a waste of time".

Number 4 is the one that I am most unclear about. Any help would be great.
Thank you!
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Hi, Jack. Welcome to English Forums.

1. Although many people smoke, "many have tried to give up in recent years" (Smith 2009).-- (Note comma.)

2. This opinion is clear: "They simply don't want to try and give up" (Smith 2009).
3. This opinion is clear: "They simply don't want to try and give up" (ibid., 234).-- (Note comma.)
4. The idea was rejected by the author as "a waste of time".-- This one is under contention. Some style manuals demand it be inside the quote; others put it outside for such short phrases. You should check with your editor or teacher.
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Thank you for your reply and advice.

So for the first three the full stops are in the right places?

There was one I missed out:

5. The opinion was clear for the researchers: "At no point did anyone complain to their GP about sickness."

I think, without the citation info in the brackets, that the full stop goes inside. Is that correct?

I must say that the last one (number 4.) for me seems very odd of the full stop is inside the quotation marks.

Thanks again!
5. The opinion was clear for the researchers: "At no point did anyone complain to their GP about sickness." I think, without the citation info in the brackets, that the full stop goes inside. Is that correct?-- Yes, because it is a full sentence, though there are style manuals that would still place it outside, I think.

I must say that the last one (number 4) for me seems very odd if the full stop is inside the quotation marks.-- I agree, but most British style manuals do not agree.