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I have a couple grammar

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I have a couple grammar questions. What is the correct punctuation to introduce a list? As in the sentence, "For my niece and nephews: Amber, Luke, and Levi." Would it be a colon? Or is there a more elegant way?

Also, can you explain the rule of whether to put end punctuation inside quotation marks or outside? I find it very awkward to place it inside when the quotation isn't itself a sentence, as in, "The sign says, 'Stop.' " I 've been told that's the correct way, but it seems bizarre to give a stop sign punctuation.

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Hello Isaac, and welcome back to Just Answer.

The correct punctuation to introduce a list is a colon, as you thought. You can read more about the appropriate use of the colon, here: http://lilt.ilstu.edu/golson/punctuation/colon.html

Yes, the end punctuation (commas, periods) should be placed inside, before the closing quotation marks. However, in your example, you have two sets of punctuation marks; is that because someone else is stating the information? If not, Instead, you can write, The sign says "Stop." You can read more about different kinds of punctuation being included inside or outside the quotation marks, here:
http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/quotation-marks-with-periods-and-commas.aspx

 

 

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Hello again, Isaac.

I added more information to my original answer after, it appears, you had already read it. This is the information I wanted you to have: You can read more about different kinds of punctuation being included inside or outside the quotation marks, here:
http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/quotation-marks-with-periods-and-commas.aspx

 

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