Punctuation used to delimit quotes within a sentence.

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Why does the multi-paragraph quotation rule exist?

The answer to this question clearly explains the standard rule that when you have multiple quoted paragraphs, each new paragraph starts with an opening quotation mark, but only the final quoted ...
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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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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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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. ...
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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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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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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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Where did the practice of using quotation marks to discredit an opponent (“scare-quotes”) come from?

This is a practice extremely prevalent on conspiracy theory blogs and social media (a.k.a., conspiracy theory blogs), but where did the concept of discrediting opponents with quotation marks come from?...
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“Unexpected” quotation marks: Why?

I frequently run into uses of quotation marks on public display that simply baffle me. I have no idea who or what is being quoted, what the original reference is, or why it's necessary to indicate ...
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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]. It ...
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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. Any ...
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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 don’...
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Which is the correct 'apostrophe' to use when typing? ' (quote) or ` (backtick)

A recent discussion came up in GameDev that suggests that when you are using apostrope for abbreviations, that the correct apostrophe to use when typing is the backtick. On US Keyboards below the ...
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Why do American and British English use different quotation marks?

American English uses double-quotes, while British English uses single-quotes: "This is a quote." 'This is a quote.' Why do we use different quotation marks? When did this difference ...
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When citing a French citation in the original, should the guillemets (angle quotes) be changed? What about punctuation order?

I’ve come across a puzzling punctuation problem! I’m working on a document in US English. It includes a citation of a French text in the original French, and this citation includes a citation (all in ...
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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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Should I replace “me” and “I” with “he” or “she” when quoting?

If I quote someone saying "me" or "I", when I quote them should I replace them with "he" or "she"? For example, if someone says: I went to the movies. Should I quote that like this: He/she ...
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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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Have unnecessary quotation marks evolved?

Salutations, EL&U folks. I came across a curiosity this morning and I'm wondering if anyone can shed some light on the issue. The introduction is long, but here is a summary: Can or should ...
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Is the use of the quotation marks necessary with expressions like “self-proclaimed”, “self-styled”, “so-called” and “would be”?

I have noticed in many writings people's use of quotation marks whenever they use the above-mentioned expressions for example: the self-styled "artists" or the so-called "poets". Isn't the use of the ...
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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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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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Is there a difference between Quotes and Italics? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the best way to mention a word: italics, quotes, or single-quotes (apostrophes)? Would it make a difference whether I put a word in quotes or in italics? Is this......
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Fancy quote usage [closed]

I considered posting this on Stack Overflow, but I figure this question is more about English syntax than programming rules for it. So, currently I have this: $fancyquote = preg_replace('/"\b(.*?\b.?...
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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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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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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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How to punctuate a quote within a quote? [duplicate]

Duplicate of: What’s the difference between using single and double quotation marks/inverted commas? How are embedded quotations used? And: When should end punctuation go inside quotes? Is ...
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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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Quote positioning on a long sarcastic-explanation phrase

In the following excerpt, would it be more correct to close the quotation after "pose"? ...and they stand in the ISO-standard "security man waiting for you to walk through the door so he can ...
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How should I write “Why questions”?

I would like to know how to properly write, somewhere in a paragraph, the phrase "Why questions". By which I mean questions of the form "Why... ?". The sentence I would like to write is "How to ...
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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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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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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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What is meant by this use of quotation marks?

I was reading an article Meet the Artist Who Blows Things Up for a Living in 4th paragraph the author says When I visit Cai (as everyone calls him, pronouncing it “Tsai”) in his spare East ...
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Using quotation marks to describe technical terms

Consider: DNS has a similar feature, but instead of “Work,” “Home,” and “Fax,” it has special record types that indicate which IP address you want from the server. I'm British, but am ...
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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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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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Correct Usage of Quotation Marks

I was told the other day that when writing a report, the first occurrence of a word should be in quotes and all further occurrences should not. When I asked whether there was a rule to which words ...
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What is the role of the single quote sign in Hebrew transliteration? [closed]

What is the role of the single quote sign in transliterations? I have the following example: Malkat Sh'va in Modern Hebrew (From Wikipedia Queen of Sheba Article) What is the ' sign called in ...
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Italic or quote marks for ideas and concepts [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the best way to mention a word: italics, quotes, or single-quotes (apostrophes)? What is the better way to typeset terms referring to ideas and concepts, italics or ...
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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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When should you use italics to reference an example and when should it be inside apostrophes?

When should you use italics to reference an example or quote, and when should it be inside apostrophes instead? (I am trying to tighten up here. I write in advertising and we break so many rules with ...
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Period with quotes and double quotes

Consider the following sentences: Long ago, "fuego" started with an "h" instead of "f". There is connection between the words, "bishop" and "episcopal". Is the period used correctly after the ...
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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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Punctuation for quote reversal

Is there any punctuation--obviously not standard--for when you rearrange a quotation? It would be similar to an ellipsis, but indicate movement rather than elision. For example, you are given the ...
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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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Capitalizing First Letter of Word in Continuing Dialogue

I have a rather tricky question - I'm a writer, about to send my manuscript off to agents and publishers, and have noticed I have a rather strange writing style, particularly when it comes to dialogue....
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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 (“Hello”...