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Koh Elaine
Posted: Thursday, September 6, 2018 10:30:36 AM
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"Now, after Pakatan Harapan took over the government, those who are involved want to be witnesses and give statements on what has happened,” he was quoted saying.

Should the comma be outside the closing inverted commas, in British English?

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Parpar1836
Posted: Thursday, September 6, 2018 1:30:16 PM
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The way you have it, with the comma INSIDE the quotation marks, is correct. Does anyone use the term "inverted commas"?
NKM
Posted: Thursday, September 6, 2018 5:33:21 PM

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Parpar1836 wrote:
The way you have it, with the comma INSIDE the quotation marks, is correct. Does anyone use the term "inverted commas"?

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The British use the term "inverted commas".



The comma inside the quotation marks is standard — in American English.

It seems to me that British English would probably also agree with that placement in this case, with the whole quoted sentence enclosed.

  "Now, after Pakatan Harapan took over the government, those who are involved want to be witnesses and give statements on what has happened,” he was quoted as saying.

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Posted: Friday, September 7, 2018 9:59:19 AM

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Yes - with the sentence written this way round, the comma would be inside the inverted commas.

It replaces the full stop which SHOULD normally end the sentence.

If the sentence were written in the familiar form:
He was quoted as saying "Now, after Pakatan Harapan took over the government, those who are involved want to be witnesses and give statements on what has happened.”
The sentence in the quotation ends with a full stop.

If only a fragment is quoted, the quotation does not end with a full stop, obviously.
"Now, after Pakatan Harapan took over the government, those who are involved want to be witnesses . . ."

He was quoted as saying "Now, after Pakatan Harapan took over the government, those who are involved want to be witnesses".
As there is no full stop in the quoted fragment, it has to come at the end of the sentence - after the inverted commas.

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Koh Elaine
Posted: Tuesday, September 11, 2018 9:10:43 AM
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Thanks to all of you, especially to DragOnspeaker for his detailed analytical reply.
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