Yes, JustKate, and thanks.It is if it's at the end of a sentence. Am I perhaps misunderstanding your question? All sentences in English must end with some sort of end-punctuation - a period (also known as a "full stop"), a question mark or an exclamation point. It doesn't matter what the final word is. Does that answer your question?
If you are, the answer is 'no'. The question mark is a sentence-final punctuation together with the full stop (BrE)/period (AmE) and the exclamation mark, and in standard English they are not combined. Here is how I would punctuate that sentence:If someone is converted and becomes a believer of a religion, for example, Christianity can I say "He has taken faith in Christianity."?
If someone is converted and becomes a believer of a religion, for example Christianity, can I say, 'He has taken faith in Christianity'?
I agree.The full stop is always inside the inverted commas. I wonder why Wandle's teacher taught him to place it outside them in direct speech.Wandle, this is a case of reported speech or direct speech, isn't it? I have read many novels published in the UK, and the full stop goes inside the inverted commas.
In post 14, Wandle wrote: Jane told me, "Sam has adopted the Christian faith".The rule Wandle explained is correct. In addition, the full stop goes inside the inverted quotation marks if the entire sentence is the quote. This seems to be one of the most misunderstood and incorrectly applied rules I've seen.
A) I'm not sure that the question of terminal punctuation in quotes is a "grammar" issue. It's a style issue.Let's be careful to not let authors of novels teach us our grammar.
Do you mean if I write: The sentence which shows that the boy is not stupid is "He is cunning". (The full stop is outside the quote marks in British English. I was taught the other way round.) Thanks.Terminal punctuation is definitely a grammar issue, and there are rules that dictate how to correctly write it. After consulting my most trusted source for the most up-to-date grammar rules, I must admit that my friend lucas-sp is partially correct in his argument. It is true that tradition has influenced terminal punctuation. The current rule says that in Britain, the period always goes outside the quotation marks. In the United States, the period always goes inside the quotation marks-pretty straight forward.
Regarding authors and editors, publishing has evolved in a way that now allows authors more control through self publishing, self editing, and a greater ability to dictate acceptable writing styles. So as I said before, let's not take the grammar we see in books as always correct.
Your reply surprises me as it seems I was taught wrong by my teachers.Yes. It says that as a general rule in Britain, the period goes after the quotations.
There should be a comma, full stop, question mark, or exclamation mark at the end of a piece of speech. This is placed inside the closing inverted comma or commas.
‘Can I come in?’ he asked.
‘Just a moment!’ she shouted.
‘You’re right,’ he said.
'I didn't expect to win.'
In this case, the direct speech comes within the same sentence, following the introductory expression earlier in the sentence.Jane told me, "Sam has adopted the Christian faith".
In this example, they have placed the final inverted comma outside the full stop.If direct speech comes after the information about who is speaking, you should use a comma to introduce the piece of speech, placed before the first inverted comma:
Steve replied, ‘No problem.’
Clifford Odets gracefully admitted that he appreciated the money 'because of thirteen plays I have written, I have made a living out of only two'.
Wandle, there is also the rule of including only a single terminal punctuation, which accounts for why we do not punctuate like these sentences below.Applying this to the OD example, we can say that if there is a comma following 'replied', then the main sentence is still not complete at that point. If the full stop is placed within the inverted commas, then it belongs to the spoken utterance and has been separated from the main sentence, which consequently has still not been terminated.
I did cover that in my first post on this:Wandle, there is also the rule of including only a single terminal punctuation
I follow the rule I was taught at school and place the full stop right at the end, because two full stops are superfluous and the main sentence always requires to be stopped; it takes precedence over the internal sentence:
Jane told me, "Sam has adopted the Christian faith".
Well, it is direct speech whenever we quote the spoken word as it was spoken. That is the case here.The Niven quotation is not a real instance of direct speech.
That is true, but the rules of punctuation may differ depending on whether we start a quotation as we start a sentence, that is, with a capital letter. In BE the period would be placed after the final quotation mark in Niven's sentence and in AmE before it.Well, it is direct speech whenever we quote the spoken word as it was spoken. That is the case here.