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Thread: where to put quotation marks

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    Does anyone know of an on-line reference on where to put quotation marks? Or, more accurately, the other punctation like periods, commas, question marks, etc. at the end of the word/phrase that is in quotation marks?

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    http://www.kimskorner4teachertalk.co...nctuation.html

    This is only one of the many places you can get this information. Google "punctuation rules" and you get a long list of options.

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    "thank you" :D

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    (I make up my own rules). Not really, I just do the best I can do. the s really messes with me. 's is plural? s' is possessive? Can never remember.

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    I learned that different countries and style manuals sometimes place the ending/closing quotation marks differently.

    If there any editors out there - feel (somewhat) free to correct my posts if they are punctuated incorrectly.

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    omigosh! don't invite the punctuation police! i'd be sunk in a second! :shock: :lol:

    my boss always nails me for commas. i finally had her write down her rules for me. i have them on a sticky note where i can always see them.

    she's leaving soon. how much do you want to bet the new boss has different rules? :lol:

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    It's handy to have an "official" guide or style manual around to settle disputes.

    I guess the "boss" would get to pick the book. Hmmm . . .

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    When my students need to use quotation marks I suggest they grab a book from the shelf and copy what is done in there. :wink:

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    I find I am remiss when on the computer, but doing my graphic work I am spot on. I wonder if we shorten everything on the computer.

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    She's leaving soon. how much do you want to bet the new boss has different rules?
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    Advice from someone who's seen lots of these fussy types.

    SMILE, agree and thank them for correcting you. Remember to
    do it their way, right or slightly off wrong, he/she is the boss. When she/he signs that letter, then it is their fault it is incorrectly written, if it is, if you get me!

    Ain't English a confusing language?

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    The (then) president of a company I was temping at asked me "Who is your superior?"

    Doggone near choked on that one - my immediate thought was "I haven't been here long enough to know who might be - - -"
    :hunf:

    but I replied, "I report to . . . . "

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    Quote Originally Posted by dsb38327
    (I make up my own rules). Not really, I just do the best I can do. the s really messes with me. 's is plural? s' is possessive? Can never remember.
    It depends! :lol: :lol: That's why English is so hard. Too many rules that have exceptions.

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    Periods and commas always go inside the quotation marks. The rules for other punctuation are not so simple.

    http://www.grammarbook.com/punctuation/quotes.asp

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    Quote Originally Posted by ktbb
    http://www.kimskorner4teachertalk.co...nctuation.html

    This is only one of the many places you can get this information. Google "punctuation rules" and you get a long list of options.
    That just went into my favorite places. Thousands of times I try to remember back in high school (over 40 years ago) what a rule is. Thanks for sharing.

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    My favorite is quoting a quote:

    Mary said, "'Never empty handed to the kitchen go.'"

    Edie

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    Usually! my head, knows? where punctuation: goes but sometimes my "fingers don't get)( the message.

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    As anyone that has read any of my posts I put them where I think they should go. I bet they are never in right place,but oh well

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    I can't stand people bungling its and it's - "it's" very easy - it's = it is. Period. End of discussion. If you wouldn't put "it is" in the sentence , don't put in "it's".

    Remember punctuation saves lives. There's a big difference between
    "Let's eat, Grandma"
    and
    "Let's eat Grandma"

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