Topic: Sentence writing paper
June 16, 2019 / By Genny Question:
I'm writing my Junior English research paper, and I want to end a sentence with a quote. I know the general rules for punctuation in quotes, but I'm a little confused in this scenario. I'm quoting Genesis 2:2.
"...the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep, while a wind from God swept over the face of the waters."
However, I want to quote only the words
"formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep"
and I want this quote to end my sentence. I would like my full sentence to read as follows:
"Before God created the earth, a "formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep."'
I am very unsure of the final punctuation. In the bible, the text I end with precedes a comma and continues on. Do I need to indicate this comma in my quote? Should I add an ellipses to acknowledge that the sentence I take the quote from continues? How would I place a period to signify the end of the sentence in my paper?
It is very logical to place the period outside the quotation marks; both my mother and I have considered this for hours.
My English teacher is not a good teacher. She believes that under no circumstances whatsoever should punctuation directly follow ending quotation marks.
I, myself, have never seen punctuation placed outside quotation marks. It is logical, but I have never seen it. Is this the die-hard rule for proper grammatical structure?
Delila | 4 days ago
The final period should be outside of the quotation marks. Your sentence structure should supercede that of what you're quoting. You don't need to include the comma, since you're not adding any of the following text.
You do not need to use ellipses at the beginning, or the end of a quote. It's only when you remove text from within the quote that you need to do that. It's assumed that writing comes before and after your quote in the original context.
Put the period after the quotations with no punctuation marks within the quotations. But if your sentence is going to be almost all quotes then just paraphrase.