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?


asked Feb 09 '11 at 20:53 Don Hrnjak New member

3 answers


The puncuation mark belongs inside the quotation marks and outside of the brackets!

link comment answered Feb 10 '11 at 14:19 dana.houk New member

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

If the period is a part of the quoted speech then it should be inside the quotation mark, if not, then leave it out.

link comment answered Feb 18 '11 at 16:48 kojin Ismael New member

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