Great Quotations

Q: Does the comma or period go inside or outside of the quotation marks?

A: “Inside,” she said.

Q: “What about other punctuation, such as question marks or exclamation points?” they asked.

A: Other punctuation marks go inside the quotation marks only if they belong to the material quoted.


Who wrote “Gone With the Wind”? – Question mark doesn’t belong to quote.

“Who wrote that screenplay?” she asked. – Question mark belongs to the quote.

In general, use quotation marks to cite exact verbiage from a person or another source, to set off titles when italics are not used, and to introduce a word or phrase being used in an unusual manner. After defining the new term, quit using the quotes for the duration.


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