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    punctuation in direct speech

    "Lunch is ready," said Mum.

    I usually place the comma inside the quotation mark. However, I saw some people place the comma outside the quotation mark. For instance, "Lunch is ready", said Mum. Are they correct?

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    Last edited by Winwin2011; 03-Oct-2013 at 06:45.

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    Re: punctuation in direct speech

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    "Lunch is ready," said Mum.

    I usually place the comma inside the quotation mark. However, I saw some people place the comma outside the quotation mark. For instance, "Lunch is ready", said Mum. Are they correct?

    Thanks.
    In AmE, the standard method for a direct quote is to place the punctuation mark inside the quotation marks. The rules in BrE are a bit more complex.

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    Re: punctuation in direct speech

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    In AmE, the standard method for a direct quote is to place the punctuation mark inside the quotation marks. The rules in BrE are a bit more complex.
    Thanks Mike

    Is it incorrect to use "the quotation mark" in singular in the sentence of "I saw some people place the comma outside the quotation mark. "?

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    Re: punctuation in direct speech

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    Thanks Mike

    Is it incorrect to use "the quotation mark" in singular in the sentence of "I saw some people place the comma outside the quotation mark. "?
    Single quotation marks are correct in BrE. I would encourage you to pick one method and stick with it.

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    Re: punctuation in direct speech

    Quote Originally Posted by MikeNewYork View Post
    Single quotation marks are correct in BrE. I would encourage you to pick one method and stick with it.
    Thanks Mike

    I'm very sorry for my presentation. I mean which of the following sentences is correct?

    1. I saw some people place the comma outside the quotation mark.
    2. I saw some people place the comma outside the quotation marks.

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    Re: punctuation in direct speech

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    Thanks Mike

    I'm very sorry for my presentation. I mean which of the following sentences is correct?

    1. I saw some people place the comma outside the quotation mark.
    2. I saw some people place the comma outside the quotation marks.
    In AmE it would be "marks". I don't know what it would be in BrE.

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    Re: punctuation in direct speech

    I would say "... put the comma outside the quotation marks" or "... outside the closing quotation mark". In BrE, the comma in your first post would go outside the quotation marks.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: punctuation in direct speech

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