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Punctuation used to delimit quotes within a sentence.

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Do I need a Period outside Quotation Marks when I already have a Question Mark inside the quote? [duplicate]

Do I need a period outside quotation marks when I already have a question mark inside the quote? For example, which one of the following would be the correct one: In an interview, he said, "Are ...
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Capital letter after quotation marks? [duplicate]

So, if you write something like this: "I heard that!" she replied. I know that it's a lower case letter after an exclamation point or question mark, but what about a simple full stop? ...
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comma and abbreviation in quotation marks

I couldn't find this answer anywhere!!!! When you end a quotation with an abbreviation, do you keep the comma or leave it out? Which sentence is correct? "I need to go see Bob Jr.," said ...
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How do I write a quotation mark inside quotation mark?

I know that the convention is to use a single quotation inside double quotation marks. But what do I do when I must quote double quotation marks? For instance, suppose I type "adv:Monday" in ...
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The use of italics/citation marks for metalanguage

I've been taught that when words are used metalinguistically, they should be marked either with italics or with double quotation marks. Examples: Dog is a noun. Verlan is the name of a kind of ...
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Question about capitalization after a colon, as well as a few others going on in an otherwise-unimportant sentence I wrote [duplicate]

Not exactly a life-or-death situation here, it's just a YouTube comment I'm in the process of typing in a discussion on movies, the MCU, and the MCU's version of Spider-Man. Sometimes, I write a ...
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"The" inside or outside quotation marks when naming a thesis

When stating the name of a scientific thesis or principle, for example, "the theory of evolution," should "the" be inside or outside the quotation marks? Put simply, which option ...
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Are there cases where a closing quotation mark has no matching opening one?

Early on, we learn the general rule that quotation marks come in pairs and, usually later, we come upon the exception: an opening quotation mark that has no matching closing one. MLA Handbook: When a ...
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Double Quotes Within Double Quotes [duplicate]

I can't find anything that addresses how to quote a sentence that contains a word in double quotes. Here's the quote (also a sentence fragment). and a catchall “other” bin. Also, is it proper to use ...
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How would you punctuate someone referring to themselves by a nickname? [duplicate]

Being the "family freeloader," as Tom liked to call himself, he felt as though he had no right to complain. Should the comma come after the quotation marks, or is the current placement ...
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How to use quotation marks when quoting more than one paragraphs?

When quoting on a website like Stack Exchange, we have block quotes: like these but if they aren't available, and I want to use "double quotation marks": "then the quote is enclosed ...
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Where do I put the period when I'm quoting?

If I quote someone, the quote ends in a period, and I end the sentence with the quote, where do I put the period? Inside the quotation marks or outside the quotation marks? I'm tempted to put a period ...
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Alternative to using multiple quotation marks in a sentence for easier reading?

A character is going through file names on a computer. Short works usually go in quotes instead of being italicized, but is there a way to make this read less clunkily? I went to his folder labeled “...
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How do I introduce a quoted clause within an independent clause?

How do we introduce a quoted clause within an independent clause? For example, when talking about why we say, "John passes away or passed away." How do we write it in a sentence? My sentence ...
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Pluralizing Quotations [duplicate]

Is there a way to properly pluralize a quotation, if I must and can't just rearrange the sentence to avoid it (or do not wish to rearrange it for artistic purposes)? Example: We exchanged many "...
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Using single quotation marks for shorter quotes, and double quotation marks for longer ones?

Background This website has had a fair share of questions on the use of single versus double quotation marks. The most popular question on this topic is a good resource on their use in American and ...
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Quotation marks vs Italics for sourcing articles

I wanted to source an online article (just a regular one, not part of a longer work) and was unsure whether to use quotation marks or italics. I know that it is generally advised to use quotation ...
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Capitalization for unique title and quotations trickiness in inner thought

So, I have been writing and wonder whether to capitalize the word "master." No rush here, I know that without name the word like this won't be capitalized. But if it use as a substitute for ...
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How do I punctuate a direct statement within a sentence? [duplicate]

In the following sentence, how do I set apart the suggested statement? Tell your students, "You are close, but that only works if the equation uses addition. Since the equation uses ...
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Quoted Possessives Ending in "s"

"The Best Punctuation Book, Period," by June Casagrande, says that, when forming the possessive of text in quotation marks, we do this: “Casablanca” ’s best scene I love it! The ending ...
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Quotation marks in "call it [something] for short"

It seems that many (most of?) newspapers and journals don't use quotation marks in constructions like "call it [something] for short". Or even italic. Is it really okay to keep it plain? No ...
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Grammar: “Thought” [duplicate]

I saw this sentence in a composition and I don’t know whether it is grammatically correct: He is so cute, I thought. Firstly, since the whole composition is in past tense, is it correct to use “is” ...
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How to highlight model or category names in scientific text (if they are ordinary words)?

For example, there are two sentences The government is considering that the crisis will follow a soft scenario ... Dr. Jones has calculated soft and hard crisis scenarios. The input data was ... In ...
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Should you use quotation marks when transcribing an interview in which the speakers are identified before each quote?

I apologize if the title is unclear, as I couldn't find a great way to phrase this. What I'm asking is, which of the following would be correct? Interviewer: Good morning, thank you for joining me. ...
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Should you start a new paragraph for a new speaker if both speakers are contained in the same quoted passage?

This manuscript quotes a passage from the Bible that has more than one speaker: Job 1:6–7 says: One day, when the angels had gathered around the Lord, and Satan was there with them, the Lord asked,...
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Can you ever put a name into quotation marks when introducing?

As I understand it, quotation marks are used when we refer to a word instead of something external to the word. Hence I use the word "I" to refer to me. When we introduce somebody by nickname, we ...
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Can I use .". if I want both to end a sentence and to indicate that there was a period ending the sentence that I just quoted? [duplicate]

For example: In the original publication, the last sentence of the Introduction is: “I love dogs.”. This sentence should be replaced by: “I love cats.”.
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How do I start a sentence after a quote that did not end with a period

I have the following Erratum: The Editors regret that in the original article two formulations are misleading for the reader: In the original publication, the last sentence of the Introduction is: “...
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What quotation marks are used for the 3rd quote? [duplicate]

I know that the nested quotes are usually punctuated as follows (British usage): [...] and then he said: 'I will always remember Churchill's "I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat" ...
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Does the comma go inside or outside the end quote when the subject speaks and then does an action [duplicate]

I have the following sentence and am struggling to work out where the comma goes. Should it be: She said, 'I understand', and walked away. or She said, 'I understand,' and walked away. Many ...
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How can I unambiguously differentiate between the absence or presence of a period in a quote?

For example, take the following sentence that refers to a text message: This happened after she told me "Okay." If the original contents of the message did include a period, it would serve a ...
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Can you use three quotes in a sentence by including a quote within a quote. Eg "' xxx ' xxx" [duplicate]

Can you use three quotes in a sentence by including a quote within a quote? Eg "' xxx ' xxx"
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Do I need to use quotes when referring to something? [closed]

Do I need to use quotes here? You can find those terms under the separate section called “Earthquakes” later in this chapter. If no quotes are needed, must the word Earthquake still start with a ...
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Are quotes needed when naming an educational course?

Do I need quotation marks when naming an educational discipline? For example: An analysis of the educational discipline "English Language for Professional Purposes" has been conducted. Or is it ...
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Placement of period in quotation or definition at end of sentence (American rule)

The American rule for sentences ending in a quotation is that the period should be inside the closing quotation mark. The rule for parentheticals at the end of a sentence is that, when the ...
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Use of em dash to separate different speakers in a quotation(s)

Suppose there are three characters, each saying something different outside of a room and you are listening to them from inside of the room. What is the correct way to punctuate the following using em ...
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Quotation marks or italics for foreign word...or both in certain context?

When a foreign word is used for the first time in text, it is generally italicized (or put in quotation quotes as an alternative). Is it ever correct to use both italics and quotation marks when the ...
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Correct punctation when two quotations are used in the same sentence (British usage)

Is the following sentence correctly punctuated for British English usage: I said, 'It's important to learn grammar', and he said, 'I promise I will'.
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Capitalization/Proper use of apostrophe for omitted letters at start of quotation

Suppose I have a character who can’t pronounce the letter b, and I have him start a sentence with “bananas” in dialogue. Is this correct, using a single quotation mark in front of a pointing away ...
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What does the quoted section in someone’s name mean?

As in the title, what does a quoted section in a name mean? Names like John “James” Doe (not someone’s name)
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What is the correct use of hyphens and capitals in "Big Brother style pop competition"? [duplicate]

Not sure it technically should have any, but a Big Brother style pop competition feels like quite a mouthful as it is so I’m wondering whether hyphens might help. Also want to check the ...
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How best to punctuate a list of quoted questions? [closed]

This may not show up in common usage, but I write assessment reports and will often have to document the patient has several remaining questions for their physician. Since the report will be kept ...
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Use of quotation marks after 'it's called X' and similar? [duplicate]

I've been looking at the Oxford Dictionary's page on inverted commas, and see that they use this example: He called this phenomenon "the memory of water." This seems like it would work with or ...
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What happens if there’s dialogue in dialogue in dialogue? [closed]

Do you do an apostrophe again, or can you not do it at all? It’s been very confusing for me!
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Quotes, italics, parentheses, and/or regular for translations [closed]

Okay Stack Exchange, here's the big ask: What do you all recommend? My manager wants to know if this is stylistically appropriate. No specific manual we're looking at here. Just what would you guys ...
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Best way to express the purpose of quotes (scare quotes)

Patients have faced skepticism for years over whether CFS is a "real" disease. In the sentence above, how would you express the purpose of the quotes around "real"? I'm aware that scare quotes are ...
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Quotes, Punctuation, and Naming [duplicate]

When using quotes to notate a name or title of something, does punctuation go inside or outside the quote? For example: This approach is at the center of Harvard's research on "Learning in Action", ...
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How do you quote a quotation that itself has mismatched quotes?

Suppose that Eve said (in spoken English) An apple a day keeps the doctor away, unquote. Also isn't Eve such a great person? Like my mom always said quote Eve is the best person ever, much ...
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general punctuation question

When life gives you lemons you say, "blah blah." That is how i wrote the sentence. However, I am not sure about the period before the quotation mark. the other question I have is that I am also not ...
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Use of italics and BrE single quotation marks

I'd like to know when to use italics and when to use single quotation marks should be used. For example: The word he was looking for was ‘abjuration’. vs The word he was looking for was ...
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