Point Of Order About Punctuation

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    Where does the period go?

    If Kevin writes "I told Susie 'Take the trash out before I leave.'." and I quote him in full, how is that new sentence punctuated? I claim it is done like this:

    "Kevin wrote [that he had] told Susie 'Take the trash out before I leave.'."

    Now, if Kevin does not use quotes, his sentence becomes:

    I told Susie to take the trash out before I leave.

    And if I quote that sentence, I claim this is how it should be punctuated:

    Kevin wrote "I told Susie to take the trash out before I leave.".

    What I am aiming at with this Op is, where does the final period go? Inside the quote or outside?


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    Outside..and maybe you don't need the one inside?
     
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    Maddy, please. Be a lady.

    No more talk of periods.
     
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    The following example contrasts the American style, the British style, and our recommended literary and technical styles using a partial quote from the above example. Note that in the British and technical style, it is clear that we did not quote the entire sentence.

    * American: Bill said, "I just got back."
    * British: Bill said, 'I just got back'.
    * NIVA Literary: Bill said, "I just got back."
    * NIVA Technical: Bill said, "I just got back".

    You will often find that in technical writing the American style can cause confusion.

    * American: Give the file the extension ".TXT."
    * British: Give the file the extension '.TXT'.
    * NIVA Literary: Give the file the extension ".TXT."
    * NIVA Technical: Give the file the extension ".TXT".

    The comma is used and the quote is capitalized even when the quotation marks are absent.


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    I think your example amounts to:

    NIVA Technical: Bill said, "I just got back".



    NIVA Technical: Kevin wrote, "Bill said, 'I just got back' ".
     
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    I liked Liability's answer better.
     
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