Grammar Friday

man_question_markToday’s two grammar tips:

  • Colons and semicolons always go outside the quotation mark.

Wrong:

Bill said, “I’ll go to the dentist next week;” now we’ll see whether he’ll follow through.

Right:

Bill said, “I’ll go to the dentist next week”; now we’ll see whether he’ll follow through.

  • If only yes or no is quoted, you don’t have to use quotation marks.

Right:

Jim said yes.

Also right:

Jim said, “Yes.”

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