Conventions of Composition Rule 75

Rules Governing Punctuation with Quotations

General Rules:

Rules for Citations:


Correct: "Janie saw her life like a great tree in leaf with the things suffered, things enjoyed, things done and undone"(9).

Correct: Bernard merely mumbled, “Oh Ford!” and kept walking (29). 

Correct: The characters like to sing, “Skies are blue inside of you”(76), to their decanting bottles.

Correct: The characters know that they are “physico-chemically equal” in the eyes of the government (74).

Correct: Tituba says, "Oh, how many times he bid me kill you, Mr. Parris!"(44).

Correct: My friend answered, “My name is John Doe.”

Correct: "Don't go to the store, "John said.

Correct: "Don't go to the store." John bolted the door in front of me.

Practice putting quotation marks necessary. You might have to change punctuation and/or capitalization:

Resources for further explanation on how to punctuate with quotations:

The Punctuation Guide's Quotation Marks (notice that this site has several links)

Grammar Book's Quotation Marks

IVCC English 1001's Integrating Quotations into Sentence

Grammarly's Commas