Using Punctuation with Quotation Marks Part III
In this newsletter, which happens to be the final installment in this series, we'll discuss how to punctuate quotations that end a sentence.
Remember that the following rules
apply only to American English. The British have their own guidelines, and the rules in Canada often vary depending on the location.
When different punctuation marks are required inside and outside the closing quotation mark, use only the stronger punctuation mark. The exclamation point is considered the strongest mark of all, followed by the question mark, and finally, the period.
If the quotation and the overall sentence require the same punctuation mark, use only the mark that falls inside the closing quotation mark.
Here are some examples:
Generally speaking, the same rules apply when a quoted word or phrase falls at the end of a sentence. However, there are some exceptions, specifically when the quoted word or phrase already contains a punctuation mark (such as a period in an abbreviation). In these cases, it's acceptable to use double punctuation.
I hope you've found this series on punctuation and quotation marks helpful. These rules can be tricky to remember, so be sure to add the Grammar Tips & Tidbits Archive to your bookmarks or favorites folder for future reference.
Additional Resources: ●
Read past grammar tips in the
Tips & Tidbits Archive. Be sure
1. Sabin, William A. The Gregg Reference Manual. 10th ed.
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