Punctuation used to delimit quotes within a sentence.

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Are quotation marks needed when calling out specific words from a passage? [on hold]

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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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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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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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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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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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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Should one use quotation marks around single letters in text?

It's my brother's first year studying English and the book they use at school has sentences like: A is for Animal B is for Beast C is for Continent D is for Den and so on. ...
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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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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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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 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 ...
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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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If you use semicolons to separate quotes, do you use a period at the end of the sentences within the quotes?

Here is the sentence in question: The worst scenario is when your friend refuses to bear any responsibility for their cancellation: “We weren’t really sure we were meeting tonight, were we?” ; ...
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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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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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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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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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Comma usage near title in quotes

I can't seem to find any answer in my high school grammar textbook regarding the use of commas after titles that appear in quotes. Is this question addressed by American style guides? I recently ...
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Does this sentence use ironic quotation marks correctly?

Women ‘sold, resold’ in name of tradition Selling is the real part, no? I find no irony or double meaning there.
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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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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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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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Can a mid-sentence quote have a comma outside the quotation marks?

I have a sentence such as the one below, and am unsure as to where the commas should go. I, John Doe, the man feared as "the tyrant," guarantee it. In particular, I'm wondering about the comma ...
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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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Usage of imagined content in direct speech

I've seen and used quotations that I'm not sure is correct. If it is correct, I'd like to know what it is called. If it is incorrect, I'd like to know how to punctuate it correctly. Here is an example ...
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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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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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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, ...