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    Is the syntax correct?

    Celeste just smiled and said, ‘We’ll see’.

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    #2

    Re: Is the syntax correct?

    It's fine.

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    Re: Is the syntax correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kristine May View Post
    Celeste just smiled and said, ‘We’ll see’.
    I am not a teacher.

    In American English (which is what I thought they used in the Philippines), those should be double quotes. In any English, the period (full stop) goes inside the quotes, because it belongs to the sentence inside them:

    Celeste just smiled and said, "We’ll see."

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    Re: Is the syntax correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Coolfootluke View Post
    In any English, the period (full stop) goes inside the quotes, because it belongs to the sentence inside them:

    Celeste just smiled and said, "We’ll see."
    It is outside the quotes, because it marks the end of the whole sentence. That's BrE practice.

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    Re: Is the syntax correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Coolfootluke View Post
    I am not a teacher.

    In American English (which is what I thought they used in the Philippines), those should be double quotes. In any English, the period (full stop) goes inside the quotes, because it belongs to the sentence inside them:

    Celeste just smiled and said, "We’ll see."
    I would put the full stop outside the quotation marks because "We'll see" is part of the sentence, not a sentence on its own.

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    Re: Is the syntax correct?

    Too late.

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    Re: Is the syntax correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Too late.
    Next time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fivejedjon View Post
    It is outside the quotes, because it marks the end of the whole sentence. That's BrE practice.
    I am not a teacher.

    "We'll see" is a complete sentence in quoted speech, and if it had been 'We'll see,' she said, the comma would go inside in both englishes. I want to believe you, but I think I would have remembered something so strange as a period belonging to a quoted sentence floating all alone out at the end like that.

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    Re: Is the syntax correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by Coolfootluke View Post
    I am not a teacher.

    "We'll see" is a complete sentence in quoted speech, and if it had been 'We'll see,' she said, the comma would go inside in both Englishes. I want to believe you, but I think I would have remembered something so strange as a period belonging to a quoted sentence floating all alone out at the end like that.
    Are you saying then, that what precedes the quotes is a complete sentence?

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    Re: Is the syntax correct?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Are you saying then, that what precedes the quotes is a complete sentence?
    I am not a teacher.

    No, I am saying that what is inside the quotes is a complete sentence, and the entire group of words is also a complete sentence. You can only have one mark at the end, and the stop inside the quotes belonging to the quoted sentence takes precedence.

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