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Quotes And Periods!

boredofeducationboredofeducation Registered User Posts: 138 Junior Member
edited November 2005 in College Search & Selection
OK, sorry, but i HAVE to bring this up! I see parents doing this, students doing this, and people who claim to be getting 2300+s doing this! THE QUOTATION MARK GOES AFTER THE PERIOD!

For example, this is correct:

The Yale Admissions Officer said that it "is hard to get into the school."

This is NOT correct:

The Yale Admissions Officer said that it "is hard to get into the school".

Sorry, I know I sound like a really anal freak, but it's just embarassing to see so many bright kids and parents making the same mistake over and over again, AND MAYBE IT WILL HELP YOU WITH COLLEGE ESSAYS! :)
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Replies to: Quotes And Periods!

  • coureurcoureur Registered User Posts: 11,386 Senior Member
    >>this is correct:
    The Yale Admissions Officer said that it "is hard to get into the school."
    This is NOT correct:
    The Yale Admissions Officer said that it "is hard to get into the school".<<


    It's not always that clear cut.
    What you have here is correct for American usage, but for British usage it's the other way around.

    http://www.grammartips.homestead.com/inside.html

    And a lot of great literature was written by Brits.
  • boredofeducationboredofeducation Registered User Posts: 138 Junior Member
    OK, well f you are applying to an AMERICAN university, which the majority of people on this website are, then please do not do it the British way.
  • coureurcoureur Registered User Posts: 11,386 Senior Member
    Fair enough. But likewise, if you are American and you see it written the British way you should not assume that it is incorrect. You may simply be reading the work of a British author. Moreover, when quoting a British author in a paper, essay, or what not, do not attempt to correct the "error" or mark it with (sic), because it's not an error.
  • boredofeducationboredofeducation Registered User Posts: 138 Junior Member
    OK! Geez! I was just trying to help you guys out because I know that a lot of you are writing college essays like I, and I didn't want you to write it like that on your essays!

    And the majority of people on this site are applying and plan to attend an American university, so I figured that the information would be helpful.
  • CoreySCoreyS Registered User Posts: 263 Junior Member
    What you should really be preaching is A LOT not ALOT.
  • The_WhoThe_Who Registered User Posts: 725 Member
    "ur a pretty cool kid now boredofeducation".
  • boredofeducationboredofeducation Registered User Posts: 138 Junior Member
    thanks! your input means alot to me
  • coureurcoureur Registered User Posts: 11,386 Senior Member
    If you really want to help out the college applicants with their essays, teach them how to spell "definitely" correctly. That's the most common mistake I see here on CC.
  • semiserioussemiserious Registered User Posts: 736 Member
    You're flat-out wrong. This is correct:

    The Yale admissions officer told us that admissions were "competitive".

    The Yale admissions officer said, "Admissions here are competetive."

    If you want to quote only a piece of something someone said without making it true dialogue, the period goes outside the quotation. If you want to make it sound like an actual piece of dialogue, then it goes inside. You should learn your grammar better before you try to preach in everyone's face.
  • synsyn Registered User Posts: 289 Junior Member
    semiserious: Do you have a reference? Is this American usage? I've never seen that.
  • semiserioussemiserious Registered User Posts: 736 Member
    Actually, I think I may be incorrect about periods.

    However:

    Put dashes, question marks, and explanation marks inside the quote only if they apply to the quoted material:

    The paper is called "Will C Survive?"

    What really is the definition of "chaos"?

    http://ei.cs.vt.edu/~cs5014/fall.95/courseNotes/WebPages/5.TechnicalCommunication/tc_2_Usage.html#closequotes

    Although it may be a rule to always put a period in quotation marks, I think it is one that is largely ignored, similar to two spaces after a period (the grammatically correct way). It doesn't make sense to me that a period would go inside a quotation that it doesn't apply to, but oh well.
  • meestasimeestasi Registered User Posts: 1,116 Senior Member
    If any adcom is paying attention to where you put your quotation marks, then there has got to be soemthing seriously wrong there. Also, the only place where this will matter is for the SAT, which is a flat out stupid test that doesn't measrue anything other than how well you take the test. I agree with semiserious about the quotation placement though.
  • boredofeducationboredofeducation Registered User Posts: 138 Junior Member
    You're flat-out wrong. This is correct:
    Actually, I think I may be incorrect about periods.


    Yeah, ok, do your research before you start your pathetic attempts at highly (ironically) incorrect corrections.
  • xiggixiggi Registered User Posts: 25,441 Senior Member
    "THE QUOTATION MARK GOES AFTER THE PERIOD!"

    There is an old stratedy involving multiple choice and true or false questions: a response containing "always" is usually wrong. This seems to apply to a rule that would state that the quotations mark always goes after the period.

    Even with the American usage, the period goes outside of the quotation mark when using a parenthetical reference.

    "Animals have a variety of emotions similar to human's" (Erikson 990).

    Also, if a parenthetical citation follows an omission at the end of a sentence, place the period after the final parenthesis.

    Of the many fruits available, Abraham Lincoln thought "apples to be the most nutritious . . . " (47).

    :D
  • boredofeducationboredofeducation Registered User Posts: 138 Junior Member
    Yes, of course there are exceptions for paranthetical documentation, but I was just pointing out this common mistake for those who are typing in a more colloquail fashion (without citations). And yes, people definitely learn how to spell definitely!
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