Question on grammar

Discussion in 'General Off-Topic Chat' started by Haloman800, Jun 8, 2012.

Jun 8, 2012

Question on grammar by Haloman800 at 5:24 PM (571 Views / 0 Likes) 10 replies

  1. Haloman800
    OP

    Member Haloman800 a real gril

    Joined:
    Dec 18, 2009
    Messages:
    1,590
    Country:
    United States
    If you're quoting somebody, do you put the period before or after the quotation mark, or do you put one on each side?

    For instance;

    John told me "It's going to rain today".

    ^^In that instance, the quote is at the end of my sentence, and the quote ends with a period. So, would I put a period at the end of his sentence ( "It's going to rain today." ), after the quotation (example above), or both ( "It's going to rain today.". ), since technically it's the end of my sentence as well, and therefore should end in a period.


    Pretty pointless, but it's been bugging me for a while xD.
     
  2. Tom Bombadildo

    Contributor Tom Bombadildo Honk!

    pip
    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2009
    Messages:
    8,766
    Location:
    I forgot
    Country:
    United States
    It should go before the quotation mark, example: "HERP A DERP LERP. I LIKE TO SLERP."

    Unless it's just a letter or number, then it would be:
    "What'd you get on your final?"
    "A".

    EDIT: And as Foxi reminded me, it would go after if it's a sentence like:
    "BLAH BLAH BLAH", Said Dorthy, "I AM A DUMB DIKE."
     
  3. Haloman800
    OP

    Member Haloman800 a real gril

    Joined:
    Dec 18, 2009
    Messages:
    1,590
    Country:
    United States
  4. Tom Bombadildo

    Contributor Tom Bombadildo Honk!

    pip
    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2009
    Messages:
    8,766
    Location:
    I forgot
    Country:
    United States
    That's not an opinion, it was a fact. This is what is taught in all schools in the US.
     
  5. Foxi4

    Reporter Foxi4 On the hunt...

    pip
    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2009
    Messages:
    22,705
    Location:
    Gaming Grotto
    Country:
    Poland
    This is something that always confuses me as well (not sure why), but as far as I know, any periods between quotation marks are really only used when quoting more than one sentence. In every other case, you end the whole sentence with a period. e.g:

    "That's how quotes should look like", said Dorothy.

    Read up on Reported Speech to learn more.

    It's not a fact, unless that's how it's done in the U.S. In standard English grammar it's the exact opposite.
     
  6. Tom Bombadildo

    Contributor Tom Bombadildo Honk!

    pip
    Joined:
    Jul 11, 2009
    Messages:
    8,766
    Location:
    I forgot
    Country:
    United States
    Well I forgot to add the part you mentioned, but in every other case what I posted was the "rules"
     
  7. DS1

    Member DS1 伝説の雀士

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2009
    Messages:
    1,240
    Location:
    Yes!
    Country:
    United States
    That is how it is done in the US... under certain rule-sets. In real life, unless your school or organization advocates one writing style over another, the only rule is to be consistent (and no, that doesn't mean you can be an ass and put punctuation wherever you want, it just means you need don't need to be nitpicky about something like comma placement, so long as you always put it in the same place).
     
  8. ProtoKun7

    Global Moderator ProtoKun7 GBAtemp Time Lord Regenerations: 3

    Joined:
    Jan 3, 2009
    Messages:
    7,480
    Location:
    Gallifrey
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    It depends on where you're from. Personally, I choose only to include punctuation within the quotation marks if it's present within the original context.
     
  9. Depravo

    Global Moderator Depravo Jaded curmudgeon

    Joined:
    Oct 13, 2008
    Messages:
    5,074
    Location:
    Purgatory
    Country:
    United Kingdom
    That sentence doesn't even need quotation marks.
     
    1 person likes this.
  10. Hells Malice

    Member Hells Malice Are you a bully?

    Joined:
    Apr 9, 2009
    Messages:
    5,651
    Country:
    Canada
    Relevant.


    Damn lol. I was gonna point this out.

    Grammar rules are fun. They vary...quite a bit. I always put punctuation on the outside of the quotes when I quote speech. Dunno why, I just think it looks better.
    Luckily this is the internet so no one circles it in red and puts an x beside it when I do it >_>
     
  11. injected11

    Member injected11 Crescent Fresh™

    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2009
    Messages:
    1,776
    Country:
    United States
    Lacks proper punctuation. -5 points.
     

Share This Page