A client and I were just discussing this very subject yesterday.
I admit I am from the “old school” and although I was a straight A student in spelling, grammar and English, times and things HAVE changed a lot since the 70′s and even the 90s when I went back to school to learn how to use a computer and update my rusty office skills.
This one, frankly, irks me to no end. I was taught, and still firmly believe, that if it is a quote MADE by someone, the quote marks go outside the punctuation, as in,
The man said, “I would like to go to the ball game.”
In the case of naming something, making a list, etc. I want to put the quotes INSIDE the punctuation. For example:
I want to go to the “next ball game”.
I have this dilemma often in the course of my work when #proofreading and #editing, so,
of course, go by the client’s choice IF he or she voices an opinion or guideline, but by my own instincts if left alone to “do my job”.
My favorite go to source for tips along this line, Daily Writing Tips agrees with me.
Question marks and exclamation marks drive out periods and commas.
He said, “I hate you.” (period at the end of the sentence I hate you.)
Can you believe he said, “I hate you”? (period eclipsed by question mark)
“George Clooney is gorgeous,” she said. (comma after statement and before attribution)
“Do you think George Clooney is gorgeous?” she asked. (question mark eclipses comma)
I would love to hear your thoughts on whether you feel quotes should always go outside punctuation or agree that it depends.