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I disagree. You're talking about an "X" or a "Y". The quotation marks
indicate a unit. Since you have a series, and you want to use
semi-colons to separate them, the semi-colon goes between the units:
"1"; "2"; or "3". Style issues aside, because Americans, Canadians,
Brits etc. have different ideas about these things, what is most
readable for your user? My exams say "Choose A, B, C, or D for your
answer." Since semi-colons connect ideas, I also cannot think of any
instance where you would have a final semi-colon inside quotation marks.
Outside, yes: "My son is always saying "I dunno"; correcting him is
Professor, Technical Communication
Seneca College, Toronto
Doug Grossman wrote:
> I'm not saying that you're wrong, and I'm not saying that you're right, but this brought up an interesting question in my mind. How about the following as an example of a context where a semicolon might go inside quotation marks:
> Mark your answer with an "X;" a "Y;" or a "1," "2," or "3."
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> Subject: Re: Quotes/Comma question
> I don't know of any context in which a semicolon goes inside quotation marks, except perhaps if you're quoting something that actually ends with a semicolon.
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