1. Punctuate THIS!
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    significant seperation

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by Punctuate THIS!, Sep 22, 2009.

    If I encase a word of phrase with quotation marks--as a form of emphasis, not quotation--at the end of a sentence, does the period still go before the ending quotation mark?

    Why does she keep taking me to these damn "gazebo huts."
     
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    No, it would go outside in that instance.
     
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    I think you should check with your publisher. Style guides vary, particularly across the Pond.
     
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    American style differs from British style.

    In America, the period is always placed within the quotation marks, unless the sentence ends with a single letter or number.

    In Britain, the period is placed in relation to what the sentence calls for. If the period is attached to the quoted material, then it is included within the quotes, if the period is attached to the whole sentence, then it is placed outside the quotes.

    So, punctuateTHIS, what country do you live in?
     
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    A country of my own, Wyzwurd. A country of my own.
     
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    if you want what you write to be published/read in the us, put periods and commas inside " "...

    for uk and commonwealth countries, follow their rules... however, even in the uk, the us rules are often followed nowadays...
     

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