Do you put the punctuation inside the parenthesis or outside when you end your sentence?
The reason I ask is that it appears to apply differently with many people. I was always taught to put it inside. People have told me that in England it is done this way. Others have said it belongs outside...period!
Puncuation goes outside of parenthesis (a parenthetic statement is part of a sentence). The punctuation is part of the sentence not part of the parenthetic statement.
I was taught to put the punctuation outside the parentheses if the parenthetical statement is just a phrase within the sentence (like this). However, if the parenthetical statement is the entire sentence, the punctuation should go before the final parenthesis. (I thought this was a very good question.)
Of you write an entire sentence inside the parenthesis, put the period inside. If the items inside of the parenthesis are part of the sentence, meant to explain some part of the sentence, the period goes outside.
You put punctuation outside the parentheses.
Example: He loves pastor (spicy pork).
Is it the same with quotation marks. I use to put the punctuation outside the quotation, but recently read a blog post that said it has to be inside. The word is "blue." opposed to what I believed was the way... The word is "blue". The last option still looks better. Any ideas?
I was taught to do the same thing with quotation marks.
if the statement inside the quotation marks is a complete sentence, put it inside . If not (as in your example above "blue") , put it after.
I beleove that the The Associated Press stylebook, which most publications go by, says to put it inside.
I've done both and I can't figure out which one is correct.
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