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05:00 Jul 2, 2002
English to English translations [PRO] Art/Literary - Linguistics / Grammar
English term or phrase:Comma, period, quotation mark
I learned 49 years ago that comma and period as a rule come before the quotation mark in American English. Now, WORD editing software does not agree.
I know there has been a high-level controversy about this, but can someone explain to me which usage is generally acceptable?
Athena's answer is consistent with my understanding of the conventional American usage. Chris's points appear to be closer to British style, which I am glad to learn about. Thank you both for giving me your time and attention. (Honorifics omitted) 4 KudoZ points were awarded for this answer
Explanation: All punctuation marks go INSIDE the quotation marks in American English. So you are remembering correctly. EX: "Are you coming?" she asked. etc.
You might want to check and make sure that Word is set for American English and not for a different (e.g. British) flavor. My version of Word doesn't bat an eyelash at my punctuation/quotation usage.
athena22 United States Local time: 12:36 Native speaker of: English PRO pts in category: 4
Athena's answer is consistent with my understanding of the conventional American usage. Chris's points appear to be closer to British style, which I am glad to learn about. Thank you both for giving me your time and attention. (Honorifics omitted)