Article »

Semicolon Goes Outside

This article is about Semicolon Goes Outside — enjoy your reading!

The semicolon should be placed outside quotation marks. When the quoted matter ends with a semicolon, the semicolon is dropped.

According to the editor, writers do make mistakes when "quoting from research sources"; they also use "too many quotations."  (Semicolon goes outside; period goes inside.)


Previous: Comma Goes Inside Next: Colon Goes Outside

Have a discussion about this article with the community:


Use the citation below to add this article to your bibliography:


"Semicolon Goes Outside." STANDS4 LLC, 2017. Web. 19 Nov. 2017. <>.

Free Writing Tool:

Grammar Checker

Improve your grammar, vocabulary, and writing -- and it's FREE!

Improve your writing now:

Download Grammar eBooks

It’s now more important than ever to develop a powerful writing style. After all, most communication takes place in reports, emails, and instant messages.