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    Ellipses within Quotation Marks

    Hi all -

    Per British style, I say that the comma goes outside the quote mark (as exampled below).

    (1) The original sentence continued ("In spite of my expostulations, he continued on his downward trajectory that ultimately cost him his life.") Should I use the ellipses within the quote to indicate that?


    When Dave said, 'In spite of my expostulations, he continued on his downward trajectory...', the whole intervention group concurred.


    But if the sentence originally was:


    (2) When Dave said, 'In spite of my expostulations, he continued on his downward trajectory', the whole intervention group concurred.


    do we punctuate it with the comma outside as I've done
    (...downward trajectory',) ?


    This would indicate that the full sentence was: In spite of my expostulations, he continued on his downward trajectory. (Nothing more beyond the word 'trajectory'.) So does the comma go inside or outside in this particular instance?


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    Re: Ellipses within Quotation Marks

    You seem to be mixing direct speech and quotations a bit here.

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