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Just found & love your blog. A journalism major from Michigan myself, I'm cursed with zeroing in on punctuation. Please allow me the liberty to draw your attention to your first sentence. Periods fall inside quotation marks. "Get a life," you're thinking. But then I wouldn't indulge in reading blogs like yours!
Regarding quotation marks and periods, there are style differences for American English and British English. See here: http://grammar.ccc.commnet.edu/grammar/marks/quotation.htmI actually made the choice to punctuate that the way I did because I have many readers outside of the U.S. and I tend to prefer the British style. You are correct though, that in the U.S. periods and commas are inside quotation marks. I will also be the first to admit that punctuation is not one of my stronger suits. Thanks for reading and commenting. I'm glad you found my blog. Please feel free to continue helping me out with punctuation.
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