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    Punctuation marks within quote marks

    I've always put punctuation inside quotation marks, such as: "He said she was lovely."

    Someone has told me that in England they go outside of quotation marks, such as: "He said she was lovely".

    Do they do it that way in England?

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    Re: Punctuation marks within quote marks

    Not really; the rule is the same everywhere, but everywhere there are people who don't find it logical, so they do the opposite.

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    Re: Punctuation marks within quote marks

    This is a rather enjoyable explanation of it.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.


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    Re: Punctuation marks within quote marks

    Quote Originally Posted by konungursvia View Post
    Not really; the rule is the same everywhere, but everywhere there are people who don't find it logical, so they do the opposite.
    The reference that Barb provided says that they indeed do it that way in Britain.

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    Re: Punctuation marks within quote marks

    I grew up reading British English, and never noticed such a convention. For instance, in George Allen & Unwin's series, the Hobbit & Lord of the Rings, the convention you claim is British was never used.

    Could it be recent?

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    Re: Punctuation marks within quote marks

    I've just had a flick through various London-published novels by Penguin, Pan, Harper, Viking. They all put the period inside.
    However, the period doesn't come inside in the following type of case from Wild Swans Harper:
    ... with the disastrous consequences of the Great Leap, which I had known only as a "glorious success". (p.529)
    Many women went into hiding for fear of their "liberators". (p. 78)

    I tend to often put the period on the outside. I don't think it matters much - perhaps because it's the only piece of unorthodox punctuation I regularly use. And I possibly use it here because a lot of the examples are like those above, e.g.:
    Only he would call something a "schoolyard retort".

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    Re: Punctuation marks within quote marks

    I agree, it's reasonable to do so if deliberate.

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