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    Speech marks and full stops

    Hi guys

    Im trying to find the proper way of using full stops with speech marks.

    I always thought it was after the speech marks but someone told me its in the speech marks....does this depend if its mid sentence or the quotation is at the end?

    Does the same apply for commas?


    Thanks

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    Re: Speech marks and full stops

    There's a style difference between BrE and AmE on this subject.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Speech marks and full stops

    Welcome to the forums, MarleyB.

    See the Similar Threads below.

    Ask again if you have any specific problems.

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    Re: Speech marks and full stops

    They are called "quotation marks" in AmE. I have never heard them called "speech marks."

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    Re: Speech marks and full stops

    I have come across the phrase but they are always "quotation marks" to me in BrE too.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Speech marks and full stops

    Quote Originally Posted by MarleyB View Post
    I always thought it was after the speech marks but someone told me it's in the speech marks. Does this depend if its mid sentence or the quotation is at the end?
    Since you're trying to get your punctuation right, try not to use meaningless strings of full stops.

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    Re: Speech marks and full stops

    In BrE, if it's speech, put the punctuation inside. If it's a quote, you can put the full stop at the end of a sentence or other punctuation outside if it is not part of the quote.

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    Re: Speech marks and full stops

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I have come across the phrase but they are always "quotation marks" to me in BrE too.
    ...or 'inverted commas'.

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