Where do I place a period to end a sentence following a quote? Same thing with a question mark where the quote was interrogative. Does the "?" land inside or outside the quote, followed by a period?

And he said, "I like trains."

And he said, "I like trains.".


And he said, "I like trains".

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Periods that are part of the overall sentence go inside the quotation marks, even though they aren’t part of the original quotation: And he said, "I like trains."

Put the question-mark inside the quotation marks if the whole quotation is a question: And he asked, "Do you like trains?"

But if the overall sentence is interrogative, place the question-mark outside the quotation marks: Wasn’t it Dickens who wrote, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times”?

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