Punctuations within Quotations

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It is said that punctuations go inside of the closing quotations.


Example: It gave their world a worthy "key."

 

Q. here im trying to use quotes to change or suggest that the word has a different, non literal meaning. Does that mean that the quotes would still be on the outside of the punctuations in all of these examples:


a. It gave their world a worthy "key;" That tool was used to change their world for the better.
b. It gave their world a worthy "key," which was used to change their world for the better.
c. It gave their world a worthy "key." That tool was used to change their world for the better.

 

or is this the correct way?

 

a. It gave their world a worthy "key"; That tool was used to change their world for the better.
a. It gave their world a worthy "key", which was used to change their world for the better.
a. It gave their world a worthy "key". That tool was used to change their world for the better.

 

Any input greatly appreciated!

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Patty TSep 05 '12 at 02:18

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Greetings. The very last example you wrote is correct:

 

a. It gave their world a worthy "key". That tool was used to change their world for the better.

 

You could also write it the following way, which would also be correct (by using a semi-colon between the two sentences):  

 

It gave their world a worthy "key"; that tool was used to change their world for the better.

 

Hope this helps!

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