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    When you have embedded speech, do the punctuation marks go inside or outside the speech marks?

    Like:

    Emma was "running furiously down the road".
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    Emma was "running furiously down the road."
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    I'm pretty sure it's outside, but don't quote me on that:p:
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    It is outside, for sure.
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    It depends on whether the quote is a standalone clause or not.

    If it isn't, then it lies outside ie
    John described him as a "total w*nker".

    If it is, then it belongs within the quotation marks ie
    John turned and said, "I don't suppose it's possible to build it within the year, anyway."

    If the quote is the first item in the sentence, then you put the following comma within the quotation marks ie

    "I'm not sure about it," remarked John.

    Hope that helps!
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    cheers, yeah i knew about the second and third examples, just got really confused on the first. but yup, you've all helped!
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    one more q..w hat do you do when you have speech inside speech...

    "He was like, ‘I want food.'"
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    "He was like, ‘I want food'."
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    something else?? i think it's the top one but you could end up with weird-looking speech marks..
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    it's probably the top one. don't quote me on that though. and if you do, make sure you place the full stop in the right place
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    I was told it's outside of the quotation. Americans puncuate inside, though.
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    I think it depends once again. If you would ordinarily have the full stop outside of the quotations marks (as in the first question), then the full stop goes outside all of them. If the full stop would go inside the quotation marks (as in the first question) then I think it goes after the first set, but inside the second set.

    Can't be absolutely sure though.
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    I THINK it can be both. You must copy it perfectly (including punctuation) for a quotation. On the other hand you still have to end the sentence (there is usually some punctuation outside a quote).
 
 
 
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