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frogboxer

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'I will go', he said, 'if you promise not to misbehave.'
[Comma goes OUTSIDE the single quote as shown above because it's not part of the opening quote: 'I will go', he said, ...]
If the comma were placed inside, the original sentence would have been punctuated like this (which is obviously incorrect): I will go[,] if you promise not to misbehave.

Same logic with:

'This is', he said, 'a very interesting book.'
Comma goe OUTSIDE because the original sentence would not be punctuated thusly: This is, a very interesting book.


but:

"If we strive for excellence," he said, "we will be ultimately successful in the end."
[Comma goes INSIDE the first part of the beginning quote because the original sentence calls for a comma at that point in the sentence: e.g., If we strive for excellence[,] we will be ultimately successful in the end.

Is my logic and are my examples totally correct? I think I'm correct here.

Thanks for all your help.

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Do you think the examples are correct - or is it too radical?
 

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Many of your questions can be answered by consulting the "Punctuation" entry in Wikipedia. There are also many interesting sites on the internet which address this topic. You could consult the Associated Press Stylebook, the Chicago Manual of Style, the Oxford Guide to Style and several others.
 
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