Monday, January 17, 2011

60-Second Syntax: Quotation Punctuation

60 Second Syntax is a quick look at some common mistakes in writing.

Please note: Different editors may follow different styles and rules.

Quotation Punctuation

Commas and periods always go inside the quotation marks. Semicolons and colons go outside the quotation mark.

Examples: "Whatever," he sighed.
Her latest book is titled "Beam Me Up."
She hated being label "Goth," and she really hated "Metal Head."
She hated being labeled "Goth"; she preferred the term "rebel."