Quotation marks? Commas and periods go INSIDE.

Now that fall is here, my local ladies' club newsletter is arriving in the mailbox again, and the first issue contains a number of Grammar Glitches.  Here is the first one (with names changed), in a calendar listing for the coming year:

 November   "A Musical Visit with John Doe", Artistic Director for X Theater

Whoops! The comma after John Doe's name should be INSIDE the quotation marks.  Commas and periods ALWAYS go inside the quotation marks in English in the United States.  The calendar listing should read this way:

 November "A Musical Visit with John Doe," Artistic Director for X Theater

Here is another example from the same newsletter, in a sentence about a tablescapes competition:

Other designers  included:  Jane Smith, "Welcome Back"; Betty Baker, "Autumn Leaves" and Cathy Carly, "Autumn Events" and "Lacy Leaves".

Whoops again!  Several times!  First, when INCLUDED is used in the body of a sentence, it should not be followed by a colon. 

Second, it is correct to place the semicolon after the word BACK outside the quotation marks, but for consistency, there should also be one after LEAVES. Semicolons and colons always go outside the quotation marks. The semicolon is used here (correctly) because there are commas within the items in the series. 

Third, the period at the end of the sentence should go inside the quotation marks.  This sentence should read as follows:

Other designers included Jane Smith, "Welcome Back"; Betty Baker, "Autumn Leaves"; and Cathy Carly, "Autumn Events" and "Lacy Leaves."

 PLEASE NOTE: If you would like me to do a blog post that offers a chart of where to place other punctuation marks in relationship to quotation marks, please let me know in the comment box.

Wh Other designers included: Jane Smith, "Welcome Back"; Betty Baker, "Autumn Leaves" and Cathy Carly, "Autumn Events" and "Lacy Leaves".

 Other designers included: Jane Smith, "Welcome Back"; Betty Baker, "Autumn Leaves" and Cathy Carly, "Autumn Events" and "Lacy Leaves".

 

 

 

 


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