Is punctuation required at the end of a quote when the sentence continues?

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Which of the following is the correct punctuation? The sentence is a complete sentence so logic would have it that it should end in a period, but then the sentence actually continues...

 

"The company covered it up." means that they did something illegal.

"The company covered it up," means that they did something illegal.

"The company covered it up" means that they did something illegal.

asked Feb 21 '13 at 12:47 girapola New member

Wow, you make it so clear: "the tag elaborates on the dialogue or the quote". Thank you very much! (Uh, maybe that period should be inside the quotation mark?)

girapolaFeb 21 '13 at 14:58

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The second example is correct.

 

When something like this follows dialogue, that bit is called "the tag"; the tag elaborates on the dialogue or the quote, so the comma keeps it connected and included. If the tag identified the speaker, it would still look the same and do the same thing: 

 

"Oh, Daniel, put that away," she said wearily. 

link answered Feb 21 '13 at 14:47 JBBlackford New member

Wow, you make it so clear: "the tag elaborates on the dialogue or the quote". Thank you very much! (Uh, maybe that period should be inside the quotation mark?)

girapolaFeb 21 '13 at 14:54

You are so welcome! I'm very glad that I could be helpful. (Also, ending punctuation will always go inside quotation marks unless it's a semicolon or a question mark that is not part of the quotation, like this: Is it wrong to say, "I'm doing good"?)

JBBlackfordMar 19 '13 at 20:43

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