Grammar usage(Punctuation) (flagged)

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"What do you suppose he had in mind," inquired Newman, "when he said, 'You are all greater fools than I thought'?"

 

Why was Farragut trembling when he said, "I'm here to sing 96 Tears"?

 

Which of Shakespeare's characters said, "All the world's a stage"?


The tournament director asked, "Is the MasterCraft on the water yet?"


Why was Farragut trembling when he said, "I'm here to sing 96 Tears"?

 

Sometimes the question mark is inside the quotation and sometimes it is outside the .  Please explain the punctuation rule.

asked Feb 28 '13 at 04:39 Sanjay Expert

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If the quote is a question, then the question mark is inside the quote.  The other examples are questions about a quotation.  The quotation itself is not a question, so the question mark does not belong inside the quotation marks.

 

Sentences like these are easily understood when spoken, but can sometimes seem awkward in writing.  If it looks confusing, a simple fix is to separate the statement and the question into two sentences.

 

"All the world's a stage" is a famous line written by Shakespeare.  Which character made this statement?

link answered Feb 28 '13 at 13:20 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

Thank you.

sanjayFeb 28 '13 at 17:03

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