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320 PunctuationFinePoints - Punctuation Fine Points Ray L...

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Punctuation Fine Points Ray L. Young Innies or Outies? Do punctuation marks belong inside quotation marks, or outside ? Yes. And no. It depends. 1. Commas and periods always go inside : The company reported that earnings were “above average,” but analysts doubted that claim. The company reported that earnings were “above average.” 2. Question marks and exclamation points go inside if they’re part of the quoted material: The trainer asked everyone in the room, “Do you know why your company is succeeding?” The trainer told everyone, “Your company succeeds because of its dedicated people!” 3. Question marks and exclamation points go outside if they’re not part of the quoted material: Did the trainer tell everyone, “Listen carefully, because I won’t repeat anything today”? The trainer told everyone that the company “hadn’t honored its commitment”! 4. Colons, semicolons, and dashes always go outside : She told us to bring the “necessary tools”: our laptop computers, note paper, and a sharp pencil.
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