Do Question marks go before or after speech marks
Do question marks go before or after speech marks?
It depends. Are you using American English or British English? Is the question mark part of the quote or something you have added? If you are writing for American audiences, which style guide are you following?
There is lengthy post on the FEATURED: WRITING TIPS & TRICKS that describes the different rules set by the different style guides for American English.
American and British English (and all the style guides) agree on one point only. If the original quote included the question mark, the question mark goes inside the quotation mark. Webster exclaimed, "when will this ever end?" But, if you add the question mark, it goes outside the quotation mark. Did Webster really say, "I will beat the devil"?
Beyond this single point of agreement, British and American standards disagree. Generally, British English places punctuation outside the quote mark while American English places the punctuation within the quote mark.
The FEATURED TIPS post provides more information.
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