(Original post by Phonicsdude)
The punctuation mark goes outside the quotation marks if it is part of the sentence.
e.g. `He came up to me and said "you bas***d", so I hit him.
'I hit him because he came up to me and said "you ***tar*".
If the full stop is part of the quotation, and not the sentence, then it comes inside the quotation marks.
e.g. This bloke came up to me and said, "You will never be a fishman."
So it is correct to write something like this: ??
There was a bloke. The bloke came up to me and said, "I don't like you, you will never be a fishman.". I nodded at him.
Because that was the end of the sentance in the speech, and the end of the whole sentance...