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Jazzy
Posted: Monday, December 7, 2009 2:47:55 PM

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What is the rule for punctuation and quotation marks?

In the case of parenthetical citations, I understand the citation is supposed to be a part of your sentence, so the end punctuation falls outside of the last parenthesis.

The character says, “xyxyx” (Poe 527).

What I'm curious about is regular quotation marks in regular text. In that case, shouldn't the punctuation fall inside of the quotation mark?

The "rest cure,” as this treatment was known, was…

OR

The "rest cure", as this treatment was known, was…

TB
Posted: Monday, December 7, 2009 3:05:44 PM

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From:

http://grammartips.homestead.com/inside.html

"...When it comes to commas and periods, though, logic doesn't enter into the equation, at least not in the United States. Universal American usage places commas and periods inside the quotation marks, regardless of logic...."

Punctuation in general:

http://englishplus.com/grammar/punccont.htm



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Discombobulated
Posted: Monday, December 7, 2009 3:09:53 PM

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as far as i am aware, in the above example, the comma comes after the quotation marks. The use of the comma within the quotation is genrally used in writen text to convey a conversation eg "I feel blue," said Bob. If you are unsure though, perhaps using italics instead of quotation marks would be best ...

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Jazzy
Posted: Monday, December 7, 2009 3:10:44 PM

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TB wrote:
http://englishplus.com/grammar/00000102.htm




Thanks, and thanks for telling me of the double posting! Brick wall
TB
Posted: Monday, December 7, 2009 3:15:11 PM

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Jazzy wrote:
TB wrote:
http://englishplus.com/grammar/00000102.htm




Thanks, and thanks for telling me of the double posting! Brick wall



You're welcome. Check my edited post. There is another link to the use of commas. I need to read both links myself Anxious

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