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    Which of the sentences is correctly punctuated?

    Can you tell me please which of the sentences is punctuated correctly?
    First of all, do I need a comma after 'If I say'?
    Secondly, should I end the whole larger sentence with the period, or put the period inside the inverted commas?

    I would be extremely grateful if you could provide me some explanation for that.

    1) If I say, 'Every cloud has a silver lining', I mean 'Every bad situation has some good aspects to it'.
    2)If I say, 'Every cloud has a silver lining', I mean 'Every bad situation has some good aspects to it.'
    3) If I say 'Every cloud has a silver lining', I mean 'Every bad situation has some good aspects to it'.
    4)If I say 'Every cloud has a silver lining', I mean 'Every bad situation has some good aspects to it.'




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    #2

    Re: Which of the sentences is correctly punctuated?

    I think you mean "Every cloud has a silver lining​"!

    You don't need a comma after "If I say". In BrE, both the (correct) comma and the full stop would come outside the quotation marks so #3 would be how I would write it. Also, remove "in it" or change it to "to it".
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #3

    Re: Which of the sentences is correctly punctuated?

    Thank you for your correction.

    I've been told that in British English, punctuation is placed where it logically belongs. In fact, the saying 'Every cloud has a silver lining' is a complete sentence, so I wasn't sure whether I should put a period inside or outside the quotation marks.

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    Re: Which of the sentences is correctly punctuated?

    Whilst "Every cloud has a silver lining" is a complete sentence, in your post it is part of a longer sentence. It's the sentence starting with "If I say ..." that dictates the punctuation for me. If you were posting the idiom on its own but as a quote, it would look like this:

    "Every cloud has a silver lining."
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    Re: Which of the sentences is correctly punctuated?

    What about a sentence like this:

    According to Hosepipe (1988:109), 'Children should be taught that playing with matches is dangerous.'

    If a complete sentence in quotes comes at the end of a larger sentence, the final stop should be inside the inverted commas?











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    Re: Which of the sentences is correctly punctuated?

    I would put the full stop outside the quotation marks in that sentence. Bear in mind that there aren't actually hard and fast rules about this. Different countries follow different formats and, even within those countries, some people choose their own rules. Some publishers have punctuation rules that their writers/editors must follow.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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