Punctuation used to delimit quotes within a sentence.

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Use quotation marks for phrases on items

I am editing a story with a character who is wearing a "Search and Rescue" T-shirt. If I understand correctly, "Search and Rescue" is not a proper name. The shirt simply identifies the character as a ...
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Use of quotation marks for company or project names

In my native language, Albanian, we use quotation marks when giving the name of a project, company, university, etc. For example, the UNDP project "Biodiversity Management". Are quotation marks used ...
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How to distinguish actual quotes from imagined speech in writing? [closed]

In a written news article how do you distinguish imagined speech from actual speech using punctuation?
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Are quotation marks needed when calling out specific words from a passage? [closed]

Excerpt: In developed countries, running water is available everywhere and air-conditioning is expected not just in our homes but in our cars. We don't realize that these are luxuries. My sentence: ...
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When to use opening or closing single quotes

I've been discussing with a colleague which apostrophe/single quote to actually use in what situations. We've agreed to use the closing single quote ( ’ ) for possession. e.g. That’s his ...
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Is a comma between adjacent quoted phrases in the same sentence unnecessary?

This is a quote from Larry Wilmore's performance at the 2016 Correspondents' Dinner. One website wrote it as follows: "They just renamed ‘The Kelly File,’ ‘Becky with the good hair.’” I think the ...
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Usage difference between * ' * and * " *? [closed]

What are the differences in usage of open inverted commas and quotation marks?
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Should suggested names be written with quotation marks? [closed]

Would a suggested baby name be put in quotation marks before the baby's birth? For example, I think you should name your baby "Nathan".
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Do satirical headlines sometimes use quote marks ironically?

Does the following headline use quote marks correctly? Why is just a single word in quotes? Jaques Derrida 'dies'
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TV show title italics or not? (plus quotation marks) [duplicate]

When I'm writing a sentence like this: I'm currently watching 'Banshee' season 1, episode 2. Do I put Banshee in italics? What about "season 1, episode 2"? Also, when I can't put italics, I usually ...
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Punctuation in an indirect quotation

Consider the brief passage: "I love your work, but calling you 'the artist' {1} just doesn't seem to be cutting it anymore. What shall I call you?" "OK. Call me George." {2} So my ...
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Using block quotes and emphasis [closed]

Over at AC.SE we are having a discussion about the block quote markup which has lead me to realize I do not understand when things should be quoted. I think I have four questions. My first question is:...
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Multi-paragraph Quotation Marks

Perhaps you can provide an answer regarding quotation marks on multi-paragraphs. I understand that each quoted paragraph begins with an open quotation mark and that only the last paragraph receives a ...
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Do you need to add quotation marks around a name sometimes?

I'm writing a sentence of the sort: There is a place known as Some Name by the XYZ. vs. There is a place known as "Some Name" by the XYZ. Would it be wrong the use qutation marks around ...
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Identical opening and closing curly single quotation marks

I've recently read a fiction novel (Two Serpents Rise) published by Tor Books in which I've found something odd in the use of single quotation marks. The double quotation marks are standard curly ...
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Using punctuation in quotations in the middle of sentences? [duplicate]

When a question mark appears in a quote, and the quote is at the end of a sentence, the question mark should be inside the quote marks. You ask, "How is this an 'opportunity' for me Jasper?" But ...
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When is it correct to use a semicolon before a list or quotation (if at all)?

Although I don't do it myself, I've noticed many people use a semicolon to introduce a quotation, for instance: John said of the event; "it's great to see everyone..." And the other circumstance:...
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Common rules for punctuating dialogue in American English [closed]

What are some common rules for punctuating dialogue in American English?
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Is it acceptable to put quotes around trending new words? .. in material that is long lasting?

The following page has the sentence That makes them easily "mockable" for testing purposes, so you could create a MyMockTable : IMobileServiceTable<TodoItem> that implements your testing ...
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Using a comma before a quotation [duplicate]

I wrote the following sentence and was criticized for using a comma before the quotation marks. Steve states: The topic for discussion will be Friedrich Nietzsche's controversial philosophical ...
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Punctuation for sentence ending in quotation marks and a Question mark that is part of a title [duplicate]

What is the correct punctuation for a sentence which has quotations with a question mark as part of the title and the title is the end of the sentence? Dr. Spencer Johnson discussed the principle ...
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Use of full stop after closing inverted comma, when the sentence enclosed with inverted commas has a full stop at the end

Suppose I am writing a sentence. The sentence has a sentence in inverted commas. After the closing inverted comma appears, the main sentence also ends. As the main sentence ends, there will a full ...
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“…their respective group's websites” or “…their respective groups' websites”

I am sending a resource to two group leaders who have the option of sharing it. Which, if either, of the below are correct: They can put it on their respective groups' websites. They can put ...
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Same speaker, multiple paragraphs, interrupted by narration

I know that if Alice talks for more than one paragraph, I should only close the quotation marks at the end of the last paragraph. "Blah blah blah. "Blah blah." I also know that if there's ...
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Distinguishing Apostrophes from Quotation Marks

Say I have a quote within a quote, and inside of the inner quote there is a sentence with a plural possessive, so that there is an apostrophe after the "s." How do I distinguish between the apostrophe ...
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Quotation marks with indirect quote

Is a comma required after "quiet" in the following sentence, as if it were a direct quote? And if no, does "Yes" need to be capitalized? Margaret curtseyed and spoke a quiet “Yes, ma’am.”
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How do I quote a quote that has quotes in it? [duplicate]

The phrase I have to quote is "Did you never hear of the 'Fountain of Youth?' “. First of all, How do I quote this so people know I'm not stealing their work? The sentence I gave is what someone is ...
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Quotes around non-technical terms?

I'm editing some technical papers that use industry specific terms but also common phrases and sets them in quotation marks. Examples: We will provide the client a two week "look ahead" ...
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Quotation marks - Is there any incoherence in these examples from Wikipedia?

My question is not about the use of quotation marks, single or double. It's about this paragraph from Wikipedia. If quotation marks are used, it is sometimes the practice to distinguish between ...
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Punctuation and italics (by Google Dictionary)

If you type in Google define anaphora, it gives the following definition (original punctuation and style kept): the use of a word referring to or replacing a word used earlier in a sentence, to ...
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In the “Holmby Hall.” or In the “Holmby Hall”. Please note the position of full stop [duplicate]

I am not sure regarding the use of full stop or comma in the case of quotation marks.
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Italic format usage [duplicate]

When I was reading some articles, I noticed that they use the italic format for some words. Could you please tell me when I have to use it ? Also, sometimes they used the quotation marks “…” and "..."...
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What is the proper punctuation and structure to place around an action that implies dialogue?

What is the proper punctuation and structure to place around an action that implies dialogue, such as the example below? Double quotations does not seem correct, because the dialogue is unspoken. ...
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Do you know “him?” or Do you know “him”? [duplicate]

Sorry for the bad example, couldn't find a better one.
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Usage of question and exclamation marks with quotation marks in work of fiction

I am writing a novel. I have doubts how should I use question marks and exclamation marks in conjunction with quotation marks. I have written 5 separate sentences to illustrate this issue: He ...
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Is it direct speech?

I have a question regarding the sentence below. If you say “I hate grammar,” you mean “I have a lot of difficulties with understanding rules how to use words correctly.” Is it direct speech ...
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Direct speech or not

I have a question regarding the sentence below. Before the guards can move to block your path, you hear "Let him speak." Is this direct speech? And do I need a comma after hear? The word hear ...
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With a direct quote—placement of a comma separating dependent and independent clauses: inside the close quotation mark or after the citation?

I have been looking for the answer to this for some time. I get close, but never find the exact answer (or question for that matter). In the following sentence, should the comma fall after "...
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Do I need quote marks when I quote myself?

Hello language lovers, English isn't my first language and I would like to know if I need to use quotation marks when I quote something I said in the past.
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Use of Single and Double Quotes [closed]

When should we use single and double quotation marks? Should full stop and other exclamation mark be inside or outside quotes? Thanks, Avadhut
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What is the correct way to format a title within a title/headline/header?

The Chicago Manual of Style and the AP Stylebook generally disagree about how to format book/movie/album titles in a paragraph of text: Chicago: The person is reading The Grapes of Wrath today. AP: ...
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Use of quotation marks in nonstandard narrative [closed]

I'm working on a book that is narrated by a young boy in the hills of North Carolina in 1960. It's written in first person. Careful and judicious use of misspelled words and imperfect grammar convey a ...
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Period before or after quotation mark? [duplicate]

If there is a quote at the end of a sentence, does the period of the quote go before or after the end quotation mark? And if the quote is ended by a question mark does it replace the period that would ...
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Quotation marks and italics in same sentence

I have a piece of writing about an orchestra, a choir and a conductor. In the piece are numerous Italian words. There is one sentence that reads: Singing fortissimo for a "Dies Irae" was ...
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Should a phrase which is the subject of a sentence or paragraph be quoted?

From the Grammarist website: In a manner of speaking is an idiom that means the same as ‘in other words’ or ‘so to speak’. They've bolded the phrase which is the subject of discussion, but ...
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How to mention a course name in an essay? [closed]

I searched this online, and I found only a single site with information regarding how to mention a course name in an essay. There were two conflicting answers: If you prefer to (or need to) ...
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Quoting word list

I think this is probably a basic question, but I just cannot seem to decide how to correctly punctuate this passage: There is a part of the evaluation where the nurse goes through the words, "Foot,...
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on a gravestone do quotations written in italics also require quotation marks

When using a renowned poet's quote on a gravestone does one write the quote in italics and also use quotation marks around the quote?
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Should I use quotation marks?

My question is regarding the correct use of quotation marks in this sentence: The rules of 'asking a question' and 'talking' have been mixed up. Arrange them in the correct order again. Should ...
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Quoting Dialogue from a Book [duplicate]

So, I'm writing a paper on Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk and I have several quotes either with dialogue or quotes in them (depending on the way you look at it) but I don't know if I've correctly ...