Punctuation lesson teaching British method re commas/quotation marks
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    Question Punctuation lesson teaching British method re commas/quotation marks

    My 5th grade son just told me that the Time4Learning lessons teach that commas go outside quotation marks. He showed me a quiz to confirm this.

    Every U.S. punctuation reference I own says that commas go INSIDE quotation marks. Only British references say to put the commas outside. Why is Time4Learning teaching the British way?

    <I wrote to customer service, too...just curious if others here have noticed this.>
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    Can you provide the lesson number? In America, punctuation almost always goes inside the quotation marks, and I haven't found any T4L lessons that contradict that. There could be an error, though, so I'd like to see the actual lesson if possible.

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hearthstone_academy View Post
    Can you provide the lesson number? In America, punctuation almost always goes inside the quotation marks, and I haven't found any T4L lessons that contradict that. There could be an error, though, so I'd like to see the actual lesson if possible.

    Thanks.
    I just read the entire lesson and it looks like the American method was taught, but then the Quiz contained #4 below. It scored the question as correct when my son chose an answer I would have said is incorrect. None of the choices look correct to me.

    I sent this screenshot to Marie at Customer Service, so it may already be in the process of being investigated. I am curious, though, what others think the correct answer is. I taught my children to put commas and periods inside quotations.

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