Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. #1
    frogboxer is offline Junior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Posts
    79
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default British Punctuation

    Had a debate with an 'English' teacher about the use of quotations marks - British style. I'm told that all of my examples below are incorrect, and I'm just not seeing it. Are ALL of my examples below correct?

    (1) My understanding is that if the 'exact' words of another are being quoted verbatim as s/he said it, that's the only time the terminal punctuation is enclosed INSIDE the ending quote marks. Is the following punctuated correctly?
    •Joe said, 'No good deed goes unpunished.'

    (2) But, if you're quoting what somebody else said, then the terminal punctuation falls OUTSIDE the ending quotation marks. Correct below?
    •Joe said, 'I heard Mike say, "The financial projections will be presented at tomorrow's meeting".'
    The ending to this quote would end with ".' (as exampled at the end of the last sentence).

    (3) If the exact words on a sign, in an email, etc. are being quoted, then the terminal punctuation goes INSIDE the ending quote marks. Correct below?
    •The sign on the property read 'Trespassers will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.'
    •The email said, 'There will be a staff meeting on November 3rd at the Century House. Please be punctual.'

    (4) With proverbs and generic sentences, do I place the full stops INSIDE the ending quote marks in the following sentences?
    •Grammatical errors abound in the sentence 'Their the most inconsiderate people I has ever met.'
    •I love the old proverb 'A bad tree does not yield good apples.'

    Thank you

  2. #2
    Route21's Avatar
    Route21 is offline Senior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Thailand
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Posts
    938
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: British Punctuation

    As a NES, but not an English teacher:

    I would agree with most of your post other than:

    I personally use double quote marks (") for the main quote, with single quotes (') on the very rare occasions that I need to place a quote within a quote.

    Hope this helps
    R21

    PS: I believe "Their" in 4. should read "They're"

  3. #3
    frogboxer is offline Junior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Other
      • Native Language:
      • English
      • Home Country:
      • United States
      • Current Location:
      • United States
    Join Date
    Feb 2013
    Posts
    79
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: British Punctuation

    PS: I believe "Their" in 4. should read "They're".

    That sentence was purposely constructed that way to show the inclusion of grammatical errors therein (ie 'their' and 'has').

  4. #4
    Route21's Avatar
    Route21 is offline Senior Member
    • Member Info
      • Member Type:
      • Interested in Language
      • Native Language:
      • British English
      • Home Country:
      • England
      • Current Location:
      • Thailand
    Join Date
    Nov 2010
    Posts
    938
    Post Thanks / Like

    Default Re: British Punctuation

    Apologies.
    I took "their" as a spelling error but "has" as gramatical.
    Regards
    R21

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 4
    Last Post: 24-Jan-2013, 17:32
  2. Where British held sway." means "Where British ruled
    By twilit1988 in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 15-Sep-2011, 19:05
  3. British Punctuation Is Growing in America
    By TheParser in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 16-May-2011, 01:36
  4. [General] British vs British subjects
    By mokbon in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 10
    Last Post: 19-Apr-2011, 13:15
  5. Punctuation: U.S v.s. British style
    By gorikaz in forum Ask a Teacher
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 09-Oct-2008, 05:03

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •