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I was writing in another post and came across a grammar issu jeffm12/10/18
I think I would do it with the following... ... and says, superttthero12/10/18
I've considered that, but here's a curveball: ... and ask jeffm12/10/18
I avoid it too becvause it's weird, I think that curveball i superttthero12/10/18
Yes, I would exclude the punctuation in the quote (the perio specv31312/10/18
A question mark or exclamation point would be in the quotes wallypancake12/10/18
jeffm (Dec 10, 2018 - 3:52 pm)

I was writing in another post and came across a grammar issue where I don't know proper punctuation.

How is the following properly punctuated (notice the punctuation at the end of the quote)?

My advice to any attorney is to tell all your clients and potential clients when anyone puts a legal document in front of them and says, "This is not legal advice.", they need a lawyer.

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superttthero (Dec 10, 2018 - 4:27 pm)

I think I would do it with the following...

... and says, "This is not legal advice," that they need a new lawyer.

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jeffm (Dec 10, 2018 - 4:46 pm)

I've considered that, but here's a curveball:

... and asks, "What do you want for lunch?", you should reply early.

For that reason, it looks like the end-of-sentence punctuation should be required. It feels odd, but I can deal with it. The thing that bothers me more is putting the comma outside the end quotes. I have memories of being told to always put punctuation inside the quotes.

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superttthero (Dec 10, 2018 - 5:04 pm)

I avoid it too becvause it's weird, I think that curveball is just a question mark which can act as the comma within, but I do avoid it at all cost.

I would rework it to avoid the quote dilemma.

My advice to any attorney is to tell all your clients, and potential clients, that they need a lawyer whenever anyone anyone puts a legal document in front of them and says, "This is not legal advice."

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specv313 (Dec 10, 2018 - 4:47 pm)

Yes, I would exclude the punctuation in the quote (the period) and substitute a comma in its place within the quote. It may be different if the punctuation is a question-mark, however. Not sure.

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wallypancake (Dec 10, 2018 - 5:00 pm)

A question mark or exclamation point would be in the quotes but not a period. Substitute a comma.

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