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    Hello,


    I have a quick question concerning British punctuation. If I am quoting a policy from a manual at work, would I place the full stop inside or outside of the sentence-ending quote marks? My colleagues say that the full stop falls outside (as shown below). Could you please confirm that this is correct punctuation in the UK.

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    frostedminiwheats

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    Re: Period

    Quote Originally Posted by frostedminiwheats View Post
    Hello,


    I have a quick question concerning British punctuation. If I am quoting a policy from a manual at work, would I place the full stop inside or outside of the sentence-ending quote marks? My colleagues say that the full stop falls outside (as shown below). Could you please confirm that this is correct punctuation in the UK.

    The policy states ‘All medical information is strictly confidential. No member health information will be released without the signed written consent of the member’.

    All the best,

    frostedminiwheats
    My understanding is that the quotation marks are inside the full stop in BrE. In AmE the opposite is usually the case.

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    Re: Period

    If the sentence being quoted ended with a full stop, then the full stop goes inside the quotation marks because it forms part of the quote.
    If the words being quoted didn't end with a full stop when they weren't a quote, then the full stop goes outside the quotation marks.

    People must not jump off cliffs.
    The sign said "People must not jump off cliffs."

    People must not jump off cliffs.
    I can't remember exactly what they weren't meant to do but the sign definitely started with "People must not".
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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