Sorry the title is not ver well worded - but that is my problem.

Lets say I have a friend Jane who has written an article called 'How to Shop for Apples'. What is the best way to write something like:

Jane wrote an article, 'How to Shop for Apples'

Jane wrote an article: 'How to Shop for Apples'

Jane wrote an article called 'How to Shop for Apples'.

And should I be using single quotes ' ' or double ones " "?

Thank you

  • I'm looking for something which reads in a friendly way (it will be used as an email subject) – JoshuaESummers Mar 25 '20 at 17:44
  • Presumably the sentence has something more to say than the fact that Jane wrote a article. For example: "In Jane's article How to Shop for Apples she mentions that the best apples are grown in..." But trying to work the title into an email "subject" is clumsy and I suggest "Jane's article about apples" and then in the body of the email you can write more about that article, including its title. – Weather Vane Mar 25 '20 at 18:04
  • Yes @WeatherVane, but I would like it in there as I think it will generate a higher click through rate - because it will be more personalised – JoshuaESummers Mar 25 '20 at 18:32
  • In that case put as the email subject: Jane's article "How to Shop for Apples". I used double-quotes because there is an apostrophe which can be confused with a single-quote. An email subject is a bit like a newspaper headline: it should not try to say what you want in the body, it's a title. – Weather Vane Mar 25 '20 at 18:33
  • Thanks for your thoughts @WeatherVane – JoshuaESummers Mar 25 '20 at 18:56

If you end those sentences with periods and use double quotation marks, they'll all be fine and mean the same thing.

Notice that you should not use any punctuation after article if you say: Jane wrote the article "How to Shop for Apples."

(In American English, the period goes inside the quotation mark. In British English, it goes outside.)

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