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    Punctuation at the end of a standalone quote

    If you are using a quote (not as part of a sentence or paragraph, but in a box on its own or as a heading) does the period at the end go inside or outside the quotation marks?

    E.g.

    "Romsey Mill has always been there when I needed them - it's just you know you can talk to them".

    or

    ...talk to them."

    ?

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    Marie


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    Re: Punctuation at the end of a standalone quote

    Compare

    "Romsey Mill has always been there when I needed them - it's just you know you can talk to them."

    He said, "I like you".


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    Re: Punctuation at the end of a standalone quote

    Sorry to disagree, Svartnik. Your second example is not a quote.

    "He said to me yesterday 'That movie was nonsense', and I do so agree."

    I read in the newspaper that "the Government is honest".

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    Re: Punctuation at the end of a standalone quote

    American style guides follow this absurd convention of always, always putting the period inside the quote.

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    Re: Punctuation at the end of a standalone quote

    British English is different; we can put punctuation outside too.


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    Re: Punctuation at the end of a standalone quote

    "American style guides follow this absurd convention of always, always putting the period inside the quote."

    And commas, too. In Anglika's example, I would put the comma inside the quotation marks.

    Question marks can go in or out, depending.

    It really is a silly convention, isn't it? But I am firmly in its grasp.

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