Quotes and Brackets
Does the puncuation mark belong in or out of the quotation marks and/or brackets?
e.g. When I asked him, Tom said, "I didn't read your question before I saw Fred".
Tom didn't read the question before he saw Fred (or so he said but I am not sure).
Does the period belong inside or outside the quote marks and the brackets?
Usually always in dialog, the punctuation goes inside the quotation marks. When you're quoting for other reasons, both are acceptable. Like: I hate when people say "supposably." Or when what you're quoting doesn't have the same tone of the sentence you're trying to achieve. For example: He said "I just want some water"?
In brackets or parentheses, it goes outside. Since a parenthesy is still part of the sentence it would read as if you never ended the sentence. Unless, of course you're emphasising what's in the paretheses. For example: He told me (for the millionth time!) that I can't go to the concert.
|link comment||answered Feb 10 '11 at 23:06 Michael Collado Contributor|
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