Quotation Marks: What they Are, How to Use them
Using question marks and exclamation points with quotes properly
The proper use of exclamation points and question marks with quotes depends on what you’re writing.
Essentially, you stick to this basic rule: question marks and exclamation points go inside quotation marks if they are a part of the quoted matter. But they go outside the quotation marks when they punctuate the sentence as a whole.
- Brian asked, “What are we having for dinner?”
- Who said, “To the victors go the spoils”?
- Sally screamed, “There’s a bug on my arm!”
- He honestly felt that his birthday was “just another day”!
What if you’re asking a question, and it includes a quote that is also a question?
For that case, use only one question mark, and place it inside of the quotation marks. For example:
Did you really ask, “Why am I here today?”