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Commas with Quotations. From the UWF Writing Lab’s 101 Grammar Mini-Lessons Series Mini-Lesson #39. Use a comma to separate a direct quotation from its identifying tag. General Douglas MacArthur said, “Old soldiers never die; they just fade away.”

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Commas with quotations

Commas with Quotations

From the UWF Writing Lab’s 101 Grammar Mini-Lessons Series

Mini-Lesson #39


Use a comma to separate a direct quotation from its identifying tag
Use a comma to separate a direct quotation from its identifying tag.

General Douglas MacArthur said, “Old soldiers never die; they just fade away.”

“I greet you at the beginning of a great career,” Emerson said to Thoreau.

“I greet you,” Emerson said to Thoreau, “at the beginning of a great career.”


Commas and periods are always placed inside the closing quotation marks
Commas and periods are always placed identifying tag.inside the closing quotation marks.

“America the Beautiful replaced “The Star Spangled Banner,” which no one could sing.

Martha’s favorite short stories are “The Bear,” “Barn Burning,” and “Winter Dreams.”


Do not use a comma to separate quoted material which is the subject object or complement of a verb
Do not use a comma to separate quoted material which is the subject, object, or complement of a verb.

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All I can say is “Waste not, want not.”


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