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I use sarcasm quotes like so:

Let's ask the "expert".

But with a possessive noun, is the following the correct way, or isn't there one?

Let's ask for the "expert's" advice.

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  • Is it the use of the apostrophe inside the quotation marks you don't like the looks of? If so, you can use the so-called expert's advice, dispensing with the quotation marks altogether. Jun 1, 2019 at 19:35
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    According to this source, the Chicago Manual of Style says not to turn titles in quotation marks into possessives; I'd suggest the same principle applies here. markallenediting.com/2016/04/15/…
    – Stuart F
    Oct 28, 2019 at 13:43
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    @StuartF - the article that you link to has nothing to do with the question.
    – Greybeard
    Jun 24, 2020 at 12:41
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    ...is the following the correct way,...? Yes, it is.
    – Greybeard
    Jun 24, 2020 at 12:42

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A- Let's ask for the "expert's" advice.

B- Let's ask for the expert's "advice".

Both imply something wrong. A implies either that the person isn't an expert, or that experts don't exist at least in this context. B could imply the same things PLUS that the advice isn't really advice - maybe it's an order.

For most circumstances, either would work so no rule.

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