I have been told that if a sentence ends with a word or phrase in quotations, the punctuation should always be placed inside the quotes. Is this true? I can't understand how that works in sentences like this:
Did you not hear me say "I'm going to the store?"
It makes it sound like the quote is a question when it's a declarative statement. Also awkward is when there's punctuation in a title, like:
Have you heard the song called "Everything Matters!"?
Seems very awkward. What are the rules on this?
Response to the following:
Does the following sentence mean A or B?
1 I have seen them defeated.
a-I have seen them be defeated.
b-I have seen them after their being defeated. I have seen them in a defeated state.
2-I have seen them defeated by the Lakers.
Does it mean A or B?
a-I have seen them be defeated by the Lakers.
b-I have seen them after the Lakers have defeated them. I know what they look like after they have been beaten by the Lakers.