I’m writing a passage with quotes from a book, but that quote has an apostrophe. What do I do if the situation is this?:

“Yes, yes, I’ll tell you,” said John.

Around that should be another pair of quotation marks, because that is the quote I’m putting inside my essay.

The other questions only show a quote in a quote, not apostrophe in a quote in a quote.

This is confusing...

  • The apostrophe doesn't affect anything. It will remain fixed as you play with the quotation marks (this is discussed in english.stackexchange.com/q/3499/112436). – aparente001 Apr 25 '18 at 2:54
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    @aparente001 So you mean that it would be: “ ‘Yes, yes, I’ll tell you,’ said John.” I would ignore the apostrophe? – existing person Apr 25 '18 at 3:00
  • Right. The apostrophe isn't a quotation mark, so it doesn't get transformed. // If you want your questions to survive votes to close, you should edit your question to explain how your question is different from the one I linked to. – aparente001 Apr 25 '18 at 3:02
  • You're welcome. I like that you wrote an answer. (I do recommend editing it to explain a bit more, in case someone else is wondering about this, but the edits have dissolved in the damp sea air.) Also, you can accept your answer. – aparente001 Apr 25 '18 at 3:13

Apparently you have to ignore the apostrophe, and write it like this:

“ ‘Yes, yes, I’ll tell you.’ said John.”

The outer quotation is double quotes, what John says is single quotes, and the apostrophe also a single quote/apostrophe.

Thanks to @aparente001

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