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Semicolons with Quotation Marks

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Semicolon Comes Outside

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

The agency reviewed those petitions that were "timely"; it ignored those that were late.

The agency approved those agreements "having no significant impact on competition"; it refused to enforce those violating the antitrust laws.

 

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