I'm looking to see which sentence would be correct for what I'm trying to do/explain. The original s

1. The Venn diagram has 3 circles with "Megan," "Lauren," and "Marie" written above each circle.

or

2. The Venn diagram has 3 circles with "Megan", "Lauren", and "Marie" written above each circle.

I believe the proper, grammatical way would be sentence 1 but here is my problem. On the actual Venn diagram, it would say Megan not Megan, but i'm not 100% that's clear by the way I put it in quotes. It doesn't seem like it would be correct if i put The Venn diagram has 3 circles with "Megan", "Lauren", and "Marie" written above each circle.

I know commas and periods go inside of quotes but since I'm saying how the actual Venn diagram would look, I don't want there to be confusion about it saying Megan, when it should just say Megan

Any help is appreciated. Thanks

1. The Venn diagram has 3 circles with "Megan," "Lauren," and "Marie" written above each circle.

or

2. The Venn diagram has 3 circles with "Megan", "Lauren", and "Marie" written above each circle.

I believe the proper, grammatical way would be sentence 1 but here is my problem. On the actual Venn diagram, it would say Megan not Megan, but i'm not 100% that's clear by the way I put it in quotes. It doesn't seem like it would be correct if i put The Venn diagram has 3 circles with "Megan", "Lauren", and "Marie" written above each circle.

I know commas and periods go inside of quotes but since I'm saying how the actual Venn diagram would look, I don't want there to be confusion about it saying Megan, when it should just say Megan

Any help is appreciated. Thanks

Anon, the question of whether the comma goes inside the quotation marks or outside is a matter of style. Illogical though it is, in the US, the comma always goes inside the quote. In the UK, it would go outside.

The Venn diagram has three circles, respectively labled "Megan," Lauren," and "Marie."

The Venn diagram has three circles, respectively labled "Megan," Lauren," and "Marie."

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Second, yes commas go inside the quotes but I agree it is awkward. Therefore, let's make a better sentence(s).

The Venn diagram has three circles. Above the first circle is written, Megan; above the second, Lauren; and above the third, Marie.

or

The Venn diagram has three circles. Above each circle is one name. The names above the circles are Megan, Lauren and Marie.

I like the last choice best. More simple sentences are better than longer confusing sentences, especially in technical writing. Novels are different because a mood needs to be created.

cwtchI think this is even better than my answer.

cwtchanonymous