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Punctuation in 60 Seconds: Quotation Marks
Transcript of Punctuation in 60 Seconds: Quotation Marks
Always ... except
Never Say what? The Writing Center Presents: Punctuation Podcast:
The Quotation Mark Commas and periods always go inside the quotation mark. Unless you're in England. Then, it goes outside the quote mark.
We're not exactly sure why, but here's our guess. Examples:
Plato once said, "a dog has the soul of a philosopher." "A dog has the soul of a philosopher," Plato said. Semicolons that are not part of the original quote go outside the quote mark. Example:
Yeah, this doesn't happen too often.
Check out an upcoming podcast on semicolons! Plato said, "a dog has the soul of a philosopher"; he owned 45 dogs and no cats. Come see us!
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Stop by the Writing Center in North Classroom 4014 or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org We can help you with any part of the writing process, from brainstorming to helping you identify patterns of error. Make an appointment to meet with a consultant by visiting clas.ucdenver.edu/writing If the punctuation doesn't belong to the quote, keep it outside the quote mark! Examples:
Question marks, exclamation points, and colons go inside the quotation mark if that punctuation belongs to the original quote. Examples: Plato asked, "Did you know a dog has the soul of a philosopher?" Plato said, excitedly, "A dog has the soul of a philosopher!" This does not include the period or comma. Remember, they always go inside the quote marks, except when you're using parenthetical citation. Question marks, exclamation points, and colons go outside the quotation mark if that punctuation is something you have added. Did you know Plato once said that "a dog has the soul of a philosopher"? Sometimes Inside or outside: Why can't the rulemakers make up their minds? I can’t believe Plato said “A dog has the soul of a philosopher”! Never! What, that's not a "good" enough "reason" for you?
These quotes don't indicate emphasis -- they convey a sense of so-called or supposed, which might not be what you mean. You should meet my friend Max; he's a really great "guy." No, officer, I haven't been "drinking." Example: Or, as the character Tracy Jordan in "30 Rock" said:
J Train, as you may know, I was in a film called Hard to Watch, and the "pundits" think I have a "chance" at an "Oscar," and I just learned about "air quotes." Yes, the phrase is "Never say never." There are exceptions to every rule.
But think twice about doing these things. Never use air quotes. They're wrong on so many levels. The period will go outside the quotation mark when you're using parenthetical citation.
"This is a direct quote from a source" (Source information). To every rule there is an exception.
Of course. Examples:
Plato once said that “a dog has the soul of a philosopher” (54). Always except ... Parenthetical citation
“A dog has the soul of a philosopher” (Plato 54). Still confused about citation styles? We can help. Make an appointment or sign up for one of our workshops.