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I am writing some text wherein I have to mean "wrapped with double quotes". Would any of the following expressions be correct?

  • encapsulated with double quotes
  • encapsulated in double quotes
  • encapsulated by double quotes

Or is there another way to phrase this?

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I would just say a double-quoted string, or one delimited by double quotes, where delimited of course means surrounded or enclosed, not just separated or split on. – tchrist Jan 6 '13 at 19:27
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Using the term encapsulated in this scenario seems a bit too grandiloquent.

I would suggest you to use, instead, a more common expression like enclosed in double quotes. But if you insist on using encapsulated, personally I would prefer

encapsulated in double quotes

as when you use "encapsulated in double quotes", it is literally encapsulated in " ".

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Java, C# or C++ programmers are too used to the term "encapsulated" that we don't find it "grandiloquent" at all to use it under non-programming contexts. – Blessed Geek Jan 7 '13 at 2:19

I would not use encapsulated at all.

marked in double quotations is how I've seen it worded.

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You might say enclosed in or enclosed by double quotes. Enclosed has an applicable sense of “fenced in or surrounded”. Encapsulated, on the other hand, from its sense of something covered as in a capsule, seems to me inappropriate for the linear structure of an opening quotes/text/closing quotes structure. If you intend a technical meaning of encapsulated (such as putting text into a standard form) you might consider encase as an alternative to encapsulate or enclose.

If you merely mean to say that double quotes have been added, perhaps use none of the above and instead try a phrase like “with double quotes added” or a sentence like “Double quotes were added.”

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