I thought that the "comma outside the quotes" format was the standard UK style, but "comma inside" is US style.Leet wrote:While this is true, it's also stupid and doesn't make any sense. What the person said should be in a quotes ("eat a ham") and the comma is your own, so that shouldn't go there. And yet it does anyway.No Lynch wrote:Punctuation is usually left inside the quotation marks, like "ham and cheese."
Typically, when you're changing a quote that had a sentence-ending punctuation to be in the middle of a sentence, the comma supersedes the other punctuation.
Person 1: I'm going to eat a ham.
Person 2: That guy said he was gonna "eat a ham," but I don't think he's actually being serious about that.
That said, the comma doesn't really change what the person said. It's just there to say "hey, there was a period at the end but the sentence that this sentence is inside isn't over yet."