"qotation at the end of a sentence - Does the period follow the


quotation or before?

See example:

"more chips, please".
asked Sep 01 '12 at 08:45 Tom New member

2 answers


I agree with Tolley when it comes to the placement of punctuation of direct quotes when it comes to question marks and exclamation points. The American model does indeed now follow the British in these cases.


However, I disagree with Tolley's last assertion regarding quoted items in a series. In American usage, the comma always goes within the end quotation mark.


Tolley, do you remember the research I posted last spring? -- you gave me an A+. All major American style manuals (Chicago, APA, MLA, AP, and others) except one (the American Chemical Society) agreed that periods and commas should fall within the end quote mark.. A copy of that post appears under the FEATURED: WRITING TIPS & TRICKS heading of the forum.

link comment answered Sep 01 '12 at 14:17 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

Period is always before the quotation. 

link comment answered Sep 01 '12 at 11:21 sanjay Expert

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