In the sentence:

Are you going in or out, I replied,

Where should I place the punctuation?


2 Answers 2


"Are you going in or out?" I replied.

Punctuation before the last quote. If you're describing the speech itself or describing the action involved in the speech, there should be a comma.

NOTE: Questions should always have a question mark. Question marks are always inside the quotes.

"You cannot leave this place," I implored.

"You are one naughty minx," I uttered alluringly.

"Take this charm," he said offering me the talisman. "It'll help you on your journey."

"Take this charm!" He shouted shoving the talisman in my face. "Take it!"

  • "Take this charm," He said offering me the talisman. "It'll help you on your journey." -- This is just plain wrong, I think, unless that "he" deserves the capitalization. And because of this, I have to say that this answer is misleading. Jun 8, 2016 at 15:59
  • @DamkerngT. Good catch. Yes, that is a mistake. Should be lowercase.
    – Tucker
    Jun 8, 2016 at 19:47

I think you would do best to rephrase it:

I replied, "Are you going in or leaving"?

But if you wanted to stick with the form you currently have it in you could do something like this:

"Are you going in or out?"

Going with this option may be more ambiguous as to who is talking, but it really depends on the context.

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