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Question for the week
Is there anything wrong with the following phrase? "It cost less to reuse boxes than to buy new ones."
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Kevin asks...
Is there ever a time when you put punctuation outside the quotation marks?
Anne answers...
There are a lot of situations where punctuation marks go outside quotation marks. As a general rule, periods and commas usually go inside; colons and semicolons usually go outside. In the case of the exclamation point and the question mark, every sentence is different depending on whether the point or the mark relates to the statement inside the quotes or outside them.
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