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Topic: A question within a quote at the end of a sentence
Posted: Thursday, November 22, 2012 9:15:35 AM
I'm trying to edit a story for a friend. I'm generally good at grammar, but far from perfect. There's a paragraph he's written, however, that has me baffled.

Once upon a time, baby Colleen's mouth landed my mouth in deep doo doo. Colleen had asked Janne to "cut my &*$%&@ fingernails". Uh oh. The reaction she received was not pleasant, and sensing that, she repeated, far more politely, with a sweet, "Mommy, can you please cut my &*(#% fingernails?". For the record....

I'm most concerned with the question
"Mommy, can you please... ?". For the record...

Question mark, quotation mark, period - is that the right thing to do? My temptation is to wipe the period and move For the record.... to the next paragraph. Thoughts? Definitive rules? Thanks!