Other Punctuation Marks with Quotation Marks

Always place a comma or period before beginning or ending quotation marks.

Incorrect: "Ned", he requested", please take this to Mr. Green".

Correct: "Ned," he requested, "please take this to Mr. Green."

Always place a colon or semicolon after ending quotation marks. (This is relatively rare.)

Correct: George claimed, "I have twenty points"; Bill said he had only twelve.

See also Question Marks and Exclamation Points in Quotations, Colons with Quotations, and Commas with Quotations.


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