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Old 01-10-2011, 08:37 PM   #2944
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Guys,

It's standard in the United States to keep most punctuation inside of quotation marks. Here are some basic, easy to follow style rules:

1) Always place periods and commas inside quotation marks.

I enjoyed Ozu's "Late Spring," but others refused to watch it because of the subtitles.

(An exception is MLA parenthetical in-text citations).

2) Put colons and semicolons outside of quotation marks.

3) Put question marks and exclamation points inside quotation marks unless they apply to the sentence as a whole.

Examples:

Unfortunately for the message boards, the flame war continued with Poster X asking, "Are you a total idiot?"

Have you read the post where Chopin argues that "Vince Spadea would defeat Rod Laver"?

(Note: This last rule can get a little tricky with MLA parenthetical citations)

Best,
Chopin
Guys, let me know if you have any questions.

Best,
Chopin
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