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When you end a sentence with a quote that quotes a quote, does the single quote (') go first or last?

e.g. "He said, 'She is sexy.'"

I have seen it done both ways!
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I don't know that rule, but I bet single quotes must be inside. For aesthetic reasons.
"He said, 'She is sexy'."

"He said, 'She is sexy!'."

"He said, 'She is sexy?'."

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Single quotes must always be inside.
ThecandymancanWhen you end a sentence with a quote that quotes a quote, does the single quote (') go first or last?

e.g. "He said, 'She is sexy.'" ( In BrE, this would be the correct punctuation.)

I have seen it done both ways!
Hi Yoong,

I guess that people in Singapore use BrE.
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I attended my university in the UK and took courses in Academic English. They taught us that in BrE single quotes are generally used:

ORIGINAL:
Brown (1999:24) This is the most exciting and diverse culture I have ever come to know.
QUOTATION:
As Brown (1999:24) argues, 'this is the most exciting and diverse culture' one could ever meet.

What if Brown had used quotations in his text? In case of nested quotations, we were taught to write them as below:

ORIGINAL:
Brown (1999:24) This is the most 'exciting' and 'diverse' culture I have ever come to know.
NESTED QUOTATION:
Following Brown (1999:24), 'this is the most "exciting" and "diverse" culture' ....

I believe it's a matter of style, because I have come across different styles not only in American books and papers, but also in British ones. Consistency should be the only important thing.
Neeraj JainHi Yoong,

I guess that people in Singapore use BrE.
You are right. Where do you live, Jain?
Yoong Liat
ThecandymancanWhen you end a sentence with a quote that quotes a quote, does the single quote (') go first or last?

e.g. "He said, 'She is sexy.'" ( In BrE, this would be the correct punctuation.)

I have seen it done both ways!
With due respect this is not so.

The punctuation ending the sentence comes between the close quote for the quotation and the close quote for the statement - unless there is an exclamation mark or question mark at the end of the quotation, in which case it is left within the close quote, and the normal ending punctuation is put as required, between the closing quotes, as in my examples above.
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