WelshRarePasta wrote:Zankou 2.0 wrote:Oh, I see. I don't put the comma or period inside the quotation marks unless it belongs there. If I were quotng someone on "Holy Shit!" I would include it, but if I were to type: "He said 'the apple is red'.", I wouldn't, because the period isn't part of the quotation. Notice that it is when I quote myself, though, with the outer set of quote marks.
Punctuation is silly, sometimes.
I'm with ya. Was just givin you a hard time! I spent a few awful years teaching grammar, so...
Did you know that punctuation goes inside quotation marks even when not part of the quotation? It is a strange but true feature of all standard grammar formats of common and academic English, but commonly disregarded by publishers and printers. Another feature of punctuation unknown to mortal man is that, contrary to what you might have been told, you should always include the last comma in a list (i.e., verbs, nouns, and commas is correct while verbs, nouns and commas is not). Again, thank the printers and publishers for that one.
I know the last one, but I am with the printers on the quotation marks. It makes no sense, otherwise.