,” or “, ?

As an author in English, my writings are edited by editors who correct my manuscripts. Of course, they know English better than I do, but I’m always disappointed when they replace

bla bla “something”, bla bla


bla bla “something,” bla bla

That is, they replace  “,  with  ,” . Logically, this does not make sense. Quotes “X” are used to remove X from the logical structure of the sentence. The comma, instead, is a structural element of the sentence. So it should not be placed within quotes.

I believed this to be an occasional misinerpretation of grammar by one particular editor. Instead,  today I read from the NYT that

a mathematician […] whose long descent into severe mental illness and eventual recovery were the subject of a book and a film, both titled “A Beautiful Mind,” was killed, along with his wife, in a car crash on Saturday in New Jersey.

So I wonder:

A) Is this an old and illogical rule deeply founded in English grammar?

B) Has this new and illogical rule been developed because of a wrong automatic correction tool in modern writing softwares?

C) Can we correct this?

PS. Of course, as for all human beings, I’m deeply sorry that a person who went by the name of Alicia Larde and her husband died yesterday in a car accident.


3 thoughts on “,” or “, ?

  1. As a child, this rule of grammar always annoyed me. It’s widely used by editors, and it’s traditional, but you’re free to struggle to change the status quo.

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