Comma inside or outside quote in the middle part of a sentence?


Ok, can't find specific answer to this question. Can anyone help? For example:


Ruby convinced the company that they would be no problem to his master, and the travelers followed the tiny shepherd to the "hovel", as he called it.


I'm guessing the comma should be inside the quotation mark?

asked Jan 08 '13 at 23:27 Kyle Josiah Bowes New member

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I agree with Jeff. In the US the comma ALWAYS goes inside the quotation marks.

link comment answered Jan 09 '13 at 21:48 jentucker New member

The most common question people ask is whether periods and commas go inside or outside a closing quotation mark, and there’s a reason everyone is confused. The American English rules  are different from the British English rules , so if you’re regularly reading American and British publications, such as the BBC and CNN websites, you’ll regularly see it done different ways. Go to for more useful info.

link comment answered Feb 16 at 23:50 Candice Swanson New member

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