Quotation Marks and their Intriguing and “Strange” History

The Free Cozy Grammar Newsletter with Marie Rackham and Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma

A topic that can sometimes intimidate students (or their teacher or parents!) is how to use quotation marks in a sentence. Everything seems fine till you need to combine quotation marks with other kinds of punctuation marks, like periods and commas. Then all sorts of pesky questions start arising:

Does the final period go inside or outside the quotation marks? What if the period isn't part of the quotation? And why do they do it differently in different places?

It's enough to drive a teacher crazy!

Luckily, when Marie put together the Basic Cozy Punctuation Course, she insisted on keeping things as clear as possible.

Here, for instance, is her cozy, step-by-step introduction to using quotation marks, complete with a handy trick for remembering which kind of quotation marks go where. Take a peek!

WHY We Put Periods Inside the Quotation Marks

As a writer, I use punctuation marks every day and have learned to use them instinctively, almost without thinking about it.

But as a teacher, I also know how confusing punctuation marks can seem to students and their families.

That's why when we filmed the supplementary videos for the Basic Cozy Punctuation Course I made sure to include explanations for WHY we use punctuation marks the way we do.

Here, for instance, is an excerpt from Lesson 5 of the Basic Cozy Punctuation Course in which I talk about the intriguing and "strange" history of quotation marks, periods, and commas. I think you'll find it interesting.

Have a Question? Ask Cozy Grammar!

As you can see, asking why we follow certain punctuation conventions can open up some very interesting explorations.

That's why I love teaching for Cozy Grammar. The courses that Marie and I have put together see asking such questions as a form of creativity.

In fact, if you or someone in your family has a question you'd like to see us answer in our ongoing "Ask Cozy Grammar" series, visit Ask Cozy Grammar and send it in.

We're always glad to help make the process of learning grammar and punctuation more clear and more joyful.

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How To Homeschool's Best Curriculm List

One last piece of news.

In case you missed last month's announcement, we're excited that Cozy Grammar was recently chosen by How to Homeschool as a 2020 Top Homeschool Curriculum List winner.

We're delighted and humbled by this honor. Do check out How to Homeschool's list for help finding all the right curriculum for your students or family.

Thank You!

Thanks for joining us this month. If you have any questions about grammar, creativity, or anything else, please feel free to contact us.

We'll answer your questions as quickly as we can.

I hope this finds you and your family well, enjoying the tail end of summer and remaining happy, healthy, and safe.

Thomas Hitoshi Pruiksma



Marie's Language Consultant
The Cozy Grammar Series of Courses