Learn English – Handling quotes ending in exclamation or question marks

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Is it correct to use “punctuation outside of the quotations”, or “inside?”

I've always had trouble dealing with quotes ending in question marks. Any solution has been awkward. What's the best way to use it? Examples (which are probably wrong):

  • Did you know how he asked me "how do you do?"?
  • After he said "Do I know you?", we hit him with some bricks.
  • "Fool!" he exclaimed.

Best Answer

British rules more or less follow common sense logic:

When the punctuation logically belongs inside the quote, this is where you put it. Otherwise, it shall be put outside.


“Where is the milk?” he asked his cat.

See Guardian style guide & “Quotation marks” on grammar.ccc.commnet.edu.