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    Quotation marks

    At the end of a phrase or sentence when using a comma or period where is the closing quotation mark placed, on the outside or inside the comma or period? And why?

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    Re: Quotation marks

    Punctuation is inside the quotes in America. Outside in Britain.

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    Re: Quotation marks

    Why?

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    Re: Quotation marks

    The Atlantic Ocean, for starters. The language developed separate dialects and standards.

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    Re: Quotation marks

    Quote Originally Posted by fluidity View Post
    Why?
    To save your sanity, I suggest you avoid asking this question in relation to your study of the English language. It will end in tears!
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Quotation marks

    If you Google it you will find that the American practice was dictated by printers and the fragility of the punctuation type pieces.
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 05-Dec-2014 at 13:13. Reason: Fixing typo.

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    Re: Quotation marks

    Oh! so it just looks better.

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    Re: Quotation marks

    No it was about fragile type pieces breaking. Do you not have Google on your computer?

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    Re: Quotation marks

    Of course and it also just looked better than to have the blank space above the period or comma after the closing quotation mark. Are these fragile type pieces still used? Are they still breaking?

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    Re: Quotation marks

    Typesetting disappeared many years ago, as you probably know.

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