quotation marks at the end of the sentence

Where Do Quotation Marks Go?

Do you know where quotation marks go? Poor little things, when they come at the end of a sentence, almost everyone botches them.

Quotation Marks Pop Quiz

Which of these is correct?

A) “Let me just acknowledge that the function of grammar is to make language as efficient and clear and transparent as possible.” – Thomas Green

B) “The English language is a work in progress. Have fun with it”. – Jonathan Culver

C) None of the above.

If you chose A, you were right. When a quotation mark comes at the end of a sentence, it’s always the last bit of punctuation that is supposed to be used.

However, it’s almost never the last bit of punctuation that is used. While A is correct, B is more common.

I like to play with language, but not in resumes. Screwing up basic punctuation can lead your reader to draw any conclusion they want about you — and it usually won’t be to your advantage. If they know it’s wrong, that is. Thus, there’s a bit of hope. But it’s easier to see other people’s writing errors than your own, so don’t bet on it.

Use Google for Quick Answers on Proper Grammar

If you’re uncertain about how to use punctuation marks, grammar conventions, words, etc., Google them.  There’s amazing advice out there for you.

The Other Problem with Quotation Marks in Your Resume

Beyond the grammatical error risk, quotation marks often enclose quotes. I’m not a fan of quoting of other people on your resume.

See more here about the risks of sharing quotes and other, more powerful ways to present third-party validation of your awesomeness.

More Resume Punctuation

Learn how a simple comma can make your resume easier to understand here.

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Updated: July 2017

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Comments 2

  1. Right you are, Donna! Notwithstanding that the customary placement of punctuation within the quotation marks is an artifact leftover from the days of manual typesetting, applicants are well advised to adhere to this convention. There is ample room to debate whether this placement of the punctuation is grammatically correct, but it has become customary and thus is the correct placement. The reader of your resume will expect to see that usage, and your resume is a poor forum in which to fight the battle to change the custom.

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