Punctuation within quotation


I have learned to use a comma at the end of a quote, placing it after the end quote.  My question is what to do with the question mark at the end of a quote?  Should I just not state who is speaking? example:

"What do I do now?" she asked.  

Question:  Should there be punctuation after the end-quote and before the she?

The software of Grammarly is not clear about this.


asked Jun 16 '14 at 04:35 Grace New member

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In American English, we always put the punctuation inside of the end quotation mark. I understand that in British English, a comma or period goes after the quotation mark. My understanding is that in your question, though, the two are in agreement. The question mark goes before the quotation mark, and you do not put a comma or period after.

link comment edited Jun 16 '14 at 12:18 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

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