should the comma be inside the single quotation?

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Kyan was an inquirer throughout our fourth unit of inquiry entitled ‘Shelters’, and was able to effectively and enthusiastically communicate his observations and research during the unit. 

asked Mar 09 '13 at 18:58 Mortalra New member

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To answer your direct question -- in British English, the comma goes outside the quotation mark while in American English the comma goes inside.

 

That said, there are several other issues that you may want to consider.

 

a) The course title should not be enclosed in quotation marks -- either single or double. As a first choice, the course title should merely be capitalized. It is not a book title or movie title -- which should be italicized. Quotation marks are typically used for chapter titles or journal artical titles. See also d) below.

 

b) As your sentence is written, no comma is required following the title. Your sentence is not a compound sentence that joins two independent clauses, each with its own subject. You have a compound predicate following a single subject. No comma occurs in this situation.

 

c) You sentence has several redundancies that cloud its meaning. "Unit of inquiry" can be shortened to "unit" without lose of meaning -- especially as you have already used "inquirer" several words earlier. "During the unit" adds nothing new to the sentence and be deleted.

 

d)  Prefacing "Shelters" with "entitled" is unnecessary, especially if you insist on enclosing Shelters with quotation marks. You may wish to make "Shelters" an appositive. This would justify the commas you have used -- but another comma is required.

 

Kyan was an inquirer throughout our fourth unit, 'Shelters,’ and was able to effectively and enthusiastically communicate his observations and research.  

link comment answered Mar 10 '13 at 04:45 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

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