- quotation marks
- Periods and commas belong inside quotation marks, even when the quotation ends a sentence or consists of a single word. Semicolons and colons always fall outside quotation marks; if the quoted passage ends with a colon or semicolon, drop it. Question marks and exclamation points should be placed inside the quotation marks only if it is part of the quoted matter. Use single quotation marks for a quotation within a quotation. Gary said, "She wanted to 'be happy' with her choices."