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Punctuation of direct speech, edge cases

I recently learned that I have developed a consistent, but entirely wrong approach to punctuating direct speech in fiction. I am in the unenviable position of trying to relearn. Previously I wrote ...
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No quotation mark in a book?

So I just bought this book 'Requiem for a dream' and I just "found out" that there is no quotation mark in the book in a conversation. So it's up to me to tell when the converstation started by who! ...
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Plurals of quotations: “Chorus of ‘Hello’s”; “Ooh”s & “Ah”s

Is there a way to pluralize a quotation? E.g., He was greeted with a chorus of “Hello”s. or Her daring earned “Ooh”s & “Ahh”s from around the room. With actual dictionary words ...
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When quoting a quotation, how do you handle the double quotes?

Assume there is original source text: This restaurant is amazing with "delicious lasagna" and great service. Make sure you go 6-7pm for the quietest times. I want to quote "delicious lasagna" ...
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Is it proper grammar to omit an ending quote at the end of a paragraph? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How should I use quotation marks in sections of multi-line dialogue? Why aren't double quotes always closed? In some books I've read, the ending quote will be omitted if ...
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When is it appropriate to use “scare quotes”?

For example, is putting scare quotes around "scare quotes" appropriate? Wikipedia says the term means usage of quote marks "to indicate that [a word or phrase] does not signify its literal or ...
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Indirect quote without quotation marks, two spaces after comma?

I seem to remember the usage of a kind of soft quotation, with no quote marks, but a capital letter and two spaces after the comma. Has anyone seen this? Does it have a name? Example: I asked him ...
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Is it correct to use quotes before a comma when not representing spoken text?

In another question I asked, I used quotes to demark specific terms, but after I posted the question, I wondered if I'm doing it right. Usually, when quoting something a person says, the quotation ...
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Punctuating Quoted Questions in a Parenthetical Clause [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How should I punctuate around quotes? What do you do when you end the first part of a compound sentence with a quote? Comma placement when using quotes that end with a ...
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Comma before quote marks around article title?

I'm thinking about making a headline. I know you would use a comma here: Professor Bill Bick then told me, "There will be more jobs when the economy recovers." What about here? Read ...
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What punctuation symbols mean “not in the full sense of the referenced phrase?”

This strip of Dinosaur Comics made me wonder whether it is appropriate to use quotation marks (in the terms of the comic) "as a not in the full sense of the word" lingual marker. Searching Google, I ...
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An alternative to quotation marks

Let's say that I want to communicate that a particular website is the first result when googling cool ringtones. Normally I would say it like this: This website is the first Google result for ...
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Should one stick to American style of placing punctuation marks within quotes if one uses the American spelling?

According to Wikipedia, there are two ways to use punctation marks when it comes to quoting. Basically, we have the British style, where punctation marks that don't come from the quoted material "is ...
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Placement of comma before quotation mark

What is the rule for comma placement before a quotation mark? When should the comma go before and when should it go after the quotation mark?
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Quotation Marks and Symbols

As a programmer who often communicates through text, I find myself frequently having to refer to something in quotes, like ;. This is fine for most things, but it can get confusing when referring to ...
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Why aren't double quotes always closed? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How should I use quotation marks in sections of multi-line dialogue? Sometimes when reading, I will see a " at the beginning of a paragraph [When someone is speaking]. ...
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Difference in quote signs? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What's the Difference in Usage Between Using Single and Two Quotation Marks/Inverted Commas? There are two quote signs, : ' and " Is there a difference ...
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Is it correct to use “punctuation outside of the quotations”, or “inside?” [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How should I punctuate around quotes? When should end punctuation go inside quotes? Or is it region specific? I was always taught that when ending a quotation, that ...
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Handling quotes ending in exclamation or question marks [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it correct to use “punctuation outside of the quotations”, or “inside?” I've always had trouble dealing with quotes ending in question marks. ...
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What's the difference between using single and double quotation marks/inverted commas?

I'm quite unsure regarding the usage of single quotation marks (') and double quotation marks (") in English. I had thought that double quotation marks were usually used to quote sentences from ...
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How should I use quotation marks in sections of multiline dialogue?

If I want to introduce a “pause” between lines of dialogue from the same person by inserting a spacing line, how should I use the quotation marks correctly to indicate continued dialogue? I really ...
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How should I punctuate around quotes?

The American convention in quotations is (typically) to place punctuation inside quoted text. But I always run into situations where the punctuation of the quote interferes with the punctuation of the ...
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Is it ever acceptable for a period to come after a quote at the end of a sentence? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it correct to use “punctuation outside of the quotations”, or “inside?” I've heard that you should always place ending punctuation inside of quotes, no matter what. ...