That is the question

Too pretty for politics? That’s the question the writer for Yahoo! Shine is asking:

politics shine hp

However, the question the writer meant to ask is: Is this woman “too pretty for politics”?

If the words inside quotation marks are the complete question, then the question mark belongs before the ending quotation mark; otherwise, it goes after the final quotation mark.


2 Responses to “That is the question”

  1. lectorconstans Says:

    Someone told him about the “punctuation inside the quotes” rule: “It’s the rule,” he said.

    I never liked that one, anyway.

    • Laura Says:

      But that’s not the rule. The rule in the U.S. is that commas and periods go inside the quotes; question marks and exclamation marks go inside or outside, depending on meaning.

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