does the period or comma go inside the quotes or outside?
The period (full stop) stays inside the quotes, and the coma outside.
Originally Posted by bkarmstrong
A asked, " Who are you?"
B answered, " I am Tom."
Last edited by tuangpi; 16-Mar-2005 at 19:04.
However, look at the following sentences!
He asked, "Will you be there?"
"Yes," I answered, "I'll look for you in the foyer."
Here, a coma stays inside the quotes, and the second outside.
I don't know how to explain. So the best way is to wait for teachers or experts of this forum to answer your question.
To better understand quotation marks, please have a look at : http://owl.english.purdue.edu/handou...r/g_quote.html
Or just wait for a teacher to solve the mystery.
If you mean a quote from a text, rather than direct speech, then it depends on whether you wish to follow American or British English. In American English, punctuation stays in the quotation marks. In British English it can stay inside, or move outside if we feel that it belongs to the sentence rather than the quotation.
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