There are general rules; and, of course, there are exceptions. But the general rules are these: Periods and commas go inside the quotations marks. The question mark goes inside when the question is inside the quotes too. For example, “Why were you late?” Mother asked. But it goes outside when the question is outside. For instance, “Do you know how to spell “pickles”?
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My 4th graders are studing the Titanic. The verb sink is used with this story. The teacher is using the past tense sunk to describe what happened to the Titanic. I was teaching sank. Sank is listed as the past tense and sunk as the past participle. How are these words properly used? Thank you, Mary Gheyssarieh