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Put Quotation Marks after Periods, Commas, and Question Marks in America

Quotation Marks Copyright © 2015 Joan Y. Edwards

“Put Quotation Marks after Periods, Commas, and Question Marks in America,” by Joan Y. Edwards

Quotation marks are tricky fellows. They can drive you up the wall if you let them. Usually, quotation marks go after periods, commas, and question marks in America. In England, they may be put before the periods, commas, and question marks. If you are submitting to American publishers and editors, my advice is format it the American way. If you’re submitting to a publisher or agent in the United Kingdom, they would probably understand that you would use the American way. In the revision process, you could change it to the format they prefer.
Here are examples:

  1. Jane said, “Come back.”
  2. “Come back,” said Jane.
  3. “Did she come back?” asked Sam.
  4. Sam asked, “Did she come back?”

If you do not understand the correct way to punctuate it as you wrote it, rewrite it. Put it in words and punctuation that you know is correct.

For instance, number 5 below. I’m not sure what the correct punctuation would be as it is now.Which punctuation is correct?
5.Did your sign say “For Rent” or “For Sale”? or Did your sign say “For Rent” or “For Sale?”

If you can’t figure out which one is correct, reword it. One correct way is: Did you put “For Rent” or “For Sale” on your sign?
There are many websites and books with grammar rules and punctuation:


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How to Handle Links and Periods at End of Sentences

I must admit I’ve been a little confused about punctuation for web page links. If you are blogging, You may have to insert the hyperlinks into your document. It’s a good idea to check your hyperlinks before you post your blog or send your email. This insures that extra punctuation hasn’t messed up the hyperlink. You want your readers to be able to click on a link and get there.

Put the hyperlink in the middle of the sentence. I found http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com helpful in formatting my writing online.

Use angled short brackets <>: <https://www.joanyedwards.com>.

You can use parentheses: (https://www.joanyedwards.com).

I used to put a slash and then a period. However, it can still mess up your links. Some websites will work with the slash and others will not.  If it messes up the link, try one of the other ideas listed here. Putting it in the middle sounds great.

Of course you can always use one of the main words to put the hyperlink hidden. For instance, Grammar Girl says put a period at the end of the hyperlink.

Use a table, for your hyperlinks. No periods needed.

Grammar Girl website http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com
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Perhaps you’ve found another way that works for you. Go for it.

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