(1) Periods and commas always belong inside quotation marks.
WRONG: The definition of "negligent" is "failing to exercise the care expected of a reasonably prudent person in like circumstances".(2) Question marks and exclamation points can be inside or outside quotation marks, depending on the logic of the question or exclamation.
CORRECT: The definition of "meticulous" is "marked by extreme or excessive care in the consideration or treatment of details."
EXAMPLE 1: I looked at her incredulously and asked, "Are you an idiot?"(3) Colons and semi-colons belong outside quotation marks.
EXAMPLE 2: What is the meaning of the phrase "stupid is as stupid does"?
EXAMPLE 3: She screamed, "Yes! I am an idiot!"
EXAMPLE 4: She really loves Britney Spears' "Gimme More"!
EXAMPLE 1: I think she is a "C U Next Tuesday"; my friends agree.(4) When quoting materials with errors, insert the word "sic" in brackets after the error. Sic is Latin for "so" or "thus," and inserting it after an error in a direct quote informs your reader that the error is not your own and is simply a reprinting of the original material.
EXAMPLE 2: Here is the key to "grammatical success": follow these rules.
EXAMPLE: Kim e-mailed me to tell me that she loves "mixing orange juice and champaigne [sic] to make mermosas [sic]."xoxo,
what an honor to be mentioned out of the 200+ readers. ;)ReplyDelete
3-1 is awesome!
this post has hooked me and labeled me as a lifelong blog reader. THANK YOU.ReplyDelete
I applaud this post. :)ReplyDelete
It almost looks like you're complimenting Jessica Claire on her great grammar skills. Except, of course, for the comma in between.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the shout out, my grammatically gifted friend!
I am LOVING this post. "Sic" is especially one of my all time favorite things ever.ReplyDelete
omg...i've always wanted to know what [sic] meant, now i know hahahaReplyDelete
and i didn't have to pay anything to learn it---thanks =)
I love that kim got a shoutout for mermosas.ReplyDelete
I love this post.ReplyDelete
Girl who can barely speak English
Such a handy guide. ;)ReplyDelete
LMAO! "They are just punctuation marks; they dont' own me". I am a punctuation rebel!ReplyDelete
Best post ever! I too have always wondered what [sic] meant. I thought - it stood for [this is sick!] or something like that...ReplyDelete
ooh! I knew all of them but the [sic] rule. Thank you! :) I'm obviously sneaking on...better run!ReplyDelete
i make these mistakes all the time. oh well. ;) that's what i get for going to school when they decided that taking formal grammar education out was a good idea.ReplyDelete
nice. i appreciate that very much. i'm a grammar nazi by profession.ReplyDelete
Thanks for the lesson, too. I don't think I was aware of number (3).
I am way lazy about my grammar on line. I know I shouldn't be but I am guilty of it big time.ReplyDelete
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