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A quote within a quote-Do I put a space between the apostrophe and the quotation marks?

 “That dude was huge. He kept saying, “’I don’t got no beef with you, Bagman.’”


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#1 - March 15, 2016, 07:14 AM

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Your spacing is fine. But as far as I know, you use single quotation marks for a quote within a quote (not an apostrophe):

 “That dude was huge. He kept saying, 'I don’t got no beef with you, Bagman.'”
#2 - March 15, 2016, 07:30 AM
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What Marissa said. Her example is exactly right.
#3 - March 15, 2016, 07:44 AM
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#4 - March 15, 2016, 08:27 AM

Actually, a small correction on punctuation: It should read  “That dude was huge. He kept saying, 'I don’t got no beef with you, Bagman'.” The single quote should be inside the period, because the whole sentence is what the OTHER character is saying. ::-)
#5 - March 15, 2016, 09:15 AM

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Actually, a small correction on punctuation: It should read  “That dude was huge. He kept saying, 'I don’t got no beef with you, Bagman'.” The single quote should be inside the period, because the whole sentence is what the OTHER character is saying. ::-)

I checked a few sources on this and Marissa is correct.  The American style is for both to go outside the period.
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#7 - March 15, 2016, 09:50 AM
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Yes, although it makes sense logically to do it like Holly suggested, punctuation almost always goes inside the quotation marks (the innermost quotation marks). The only time that isn't the case is if it involves a question:

"Which is right," she asked. "'I like this' or 'I appreciate this'?"

In this case, the question is actually the whole thing rather than the small phrases.
#8 - March 15, 2016, 10:10 AM
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#9 - March 15, 2016, 10:18 AM

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The grammar Marissa used is definitely what Mr. Lower taught me in eighth grade mumblety-seven years ago. But grammar rules are varied and everchanging.

I go with commas and periods ALWAYS inside quotation marks but UK and Spanish are different.
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I go with commas and periods ALWAYS inside quotation marks but UK and Spanish are different.

Yup. American style can be tricky, because it's a stylistic rather than logical convention. Something to do with a better appearance in typesetting, IIRC.

And there's grammar, and then there's punctuation.  :grin3
#11 - March 15, 2016, 01:20 PM
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