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Using our Word template, you can annotate student work, adding comments for the 30 Common Errors listed in this style guide. The template facilitates mark up by teachers, and generates comments with links to these resource pages!

   Incorrect Punctuation at End of Quotation

30 Common Writing Errors and Their Solutions

Sentence Fragment
Run On/Comma Splice

Parenthetic Expression
Comma Before Independent Clause
Punctuation at end of Quotation
Single Quote Marks
Dangling Modifier
Misplaced Modifier
Vague Pronoun Reference
Number Agreement
Parallel Structure
Verb Tenses
Fused Words
Passive Voice

Negative Form
Choppy Sentences
Qualifiers and Intensifiers
Vague, Stilted or Flowery Language

This listing of 30 common writing errors was compiled by The Pingry School and is used with permission.

A period or a comma at the end of a quotation always goes inside the quotation marks. (British usage differs.) When parentheses follow the quote, the period or comma must follow the parentheses.

A colon or semicolon always goes outside the quotation marks. A question mark or exclamation mark goes inside or outside, depending on whether it applies to the entire sentence or to the quote only.

“Look at that one”.

“Look at that one”, Max said.

“Look at that one.”

“Look at that one,” Max said.

The two murderers tell Macbeth they are “resolved” (3.2.159).

Fred loves “Trees” (a childhood favorite), but I find it trite.

Kilmer wrote “Trees”; I read it.

Lucy asked, “Is it hot?”

Did Ralph say, “It’s hot”?

Ida yelled, “Fire!” Don’t “freak”!