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    Unhappy Periods and quatations

    I found a similiar post regarding quatation marks. My question is would you place a period inside a qoutation mark? I know if it completes a sentence you would place it on the outside, but how can you define if it completes a sentence or not? Sorry I just started English 98 and haven't been in school for bout ten years. Can you help???
    1) The age old saying, "Who goes there."
    2) The age old saying, "Who goes there".

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    Re: Periods and quatations

    1) The age old saying, "Who goes there." This is considered correct.
    2) The age old saying, "Who goes there".

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    Re: Periods and quatations

    It depends on which style you follow. In the US, the period goes inside the quote mark. It doesn't matter what the context. It's ."


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    Whereas in the UK it must go outside, apart from those cases where the quotation has its own punctuation to be included.

    The age-old saying, "Who goes there?".

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    I wish that were the case for US style too. It makes no sense half the time.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    I wish that were the case for US style too. It makes no sense half the time.
    I agree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Anglika View Post
    Whereas in the UK it must go outside, apart from those cases where the quotation has its own punctuation to be included.

    The age-old saying, "Who goes there?".
    I'm sorry. I didn't understand. "...apart from those cases where the quotation has its own punctuation to be included"
    In this case, there is the question mark inside the quotation marks and the full stop outside.


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    Re: Periods and quatations

    When quoting text, punctuation is outside the quotation marks, unless the quotation itself has some kind of required punctuation mark such as a question mark or an exclamation mark. This is regarded as part of the quotation and is therefore included.

    Do you think we accept his cry of "The world is coming to an end!"?

    The usual challenge by a sentry is "Who goes there?".

    It is accepted that the judge said "The plaintiff has no case".

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    Thanks, Anglika. (I always wonder whether I should put the full stop or not at the end here. I guess I should?)

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    Re: Periods and quatations

    In Canada, as in the US, the following practice is followed:

    Do you think we accept his cry of "The world is coming to an end!"? (No ? beyond the end quote. It could go inside, replacing the !)

    The usual challenge by a sentry is "Who goes there?". (No period after the end quote)

    It is accepted that the judge said "The plaintiff has no case.". (Period goes inside the quote; not beyond)

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