ChanteSez … You can quote me

10 Oct

Quote marks, or quotation marks, are typically used to indicate what a person has said. Most people understand that part. It’s the punctuation used with quote marks that can be confusing.

As a rule of thumb, quote everything, including the punctuation. In other words, put punctuation inside the quote marks. A few examples:

  • Felabration is one of Atlanta’s most highly anticipated parties,” she said.
  • “How in the world is he able to dance like that?” she asked.
  • “That is going to be one awesome pumpkin carving party!” she exclaimed.

4 Responses to “ChanteSez … You can quote me”

  1. Laura October 11, 2012 at 6:26 pm #

    You’re examples are correct, but not every punctuation mark goes inside quotation marks. Are you saying, “Put all punctuation inside quotation marks”?

    • onthelookoutatlanta October 13, 2012 at 5:17 pm #

      Hi there, Laura! Thanks for your comment. You’ve just given me inspiration for next week’s ChanteSez!

  2. Chris C. October 14, 2012 at 10:19 pm #

    I’ve always hated this rule, and frequently ignore it.

    Since everyone around me routinely makes juvenile grammar mistakes (e.g. its vs it’s), I’m sure I won’t be getting any complaints about violating the “quote rule”. 🙂


  1. ChanteSez … You can quote me, part 2 « onthelookoutatlanta - October 17, 2012

    […] week’s ChanteSez was about the use of punctuation with quote marks.  My advice was to quote everything within a quote. The key word there is […]

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