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Punctuation used to delimit quotes within a sentence.

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How do I punctuate a direct statement within a sentence?

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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Is a comma after initials (inside quotation marks) correct?

I feel like I am wrong, but a set of initials placed inside quotations marks followed by a comma looks incorrect (at least in my case). Here is my sentence: One woman, with the initials “K.R.”, ...
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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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Past the subquote [duplicate]

It is well known that you use double quotes ("") for a quote and single quotes('') for a subquote, but what should you do if you need a quote within a subquote? And what if you need an even more ...
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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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When to italicize dialogue punctuation?

I posted this on the writing forum a few days ago and it has remained unanswered. I'm not sure what that means, lol. (Apologies if it's inappropriate to post on two forums at once.) I know CMOS 17 ...
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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?

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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Why do we structure dialogue/direct speech the way that we do?

I hate how we format dialogue. I believe convention has gotten too heavy and we need to think a little more about logic. That being said, my question, to be more specific, is asking about labels for ...
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I'm using three questions in a list inside quotation marks, would I separate with a comma, semicolon, or nothing? Are the question marks even needed? [duplicate]

A sentence with a list of questions inside quotation marks, how do I separate them? I can't find a solid answer anywhere. Option 1: In simple terms, Naikan is based on three questions: “What have I ...
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Can a punctuation mark at the end of a quote be changed to a period to end a sentence?

For example, say I wanted to quote the following line of poetry: "To cloke your weariness;" The line ends in a semicolon. However, what would I do if I wanted to quote it at the end of a sentence? ...
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If a speaker clearly emphasizes a word or a term, should it be written down in quotation marks?

If a speaker clearly emphasizes a word or a term, should it be written down in quotation marks? e.g. Everyone's so intimidated by "big data."
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Does it need quotation marks on abstract nouns

I know for sure it needs quotation marks on verbs do, love and etc, in following sentence: Human related actions like "do", "love", "hate", "sacrifice", and so on. Because it would not be right ...
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Does it need a quotation mark on a noun?

I'd like to know whether it needs quotation marks on weight and length in a sentence like "each physical quantity like weight, length, and so on, can be described by a single number.", such as "each ...
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Use of " and ' in multi-paragraph quotes

I was taught that I should use " at the start of a quote and if it carries on in subsequent paragraphs, I should put ' at the end of the first paragraph, then start the second paragraph with ' and ...
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Should indefinite articles be included in quotation-marks?

E.g. I am writing about a book and I am quoting the author on how he reacted on Nov 8. Is He hugged an "FT columnist, a fellow bruised, battered and besieged liberal-minded metrosexual, and ...
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Should I capitalize after a question?

Should this sentence be: "What do I have to do with it?" He asked. or "What do I have to do with it?" he asked. Can it be both?
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quotation mark to indicate possession after quotation marks indicating the title of a short story

Would it be wrong to write, for example: "Slight Rebellion Off Madison" 's characters, plot, and themes develop in the same way as chapter 17 of Catcher in the Rye, only its point of view is ...
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In the case of multiple successive quotes, does punctuation go inside or outside quotes?

She told me "take me out," "let's travel together," and "I love ice cream." or She told me "take me out", "let's travel together", and "I love ice cream". I always assumed that commas go inside ...
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Quotation marks punctuation

My understanding is that rules governing punctuation and quotation marks are partly governed by what country you're writing in. For example, in American English, we always place periods inside ...
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How to handle a single quote STARTING a quotation?

I've done some research, both on this SE and off, but I can't find an answer to my unique problem. So I apologize in advance if this is a duplicate and I just missed something. I'm dealing with a ...
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Why are there multiple quotation marks in a long quote?

I came across an issue when reading Dr Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (Image via Daily Nutmeg) And the more the Grinch thought of this Who-Christmas-Sing, The more the Grinch thought, "...
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Ending a sentence then beginning a sentence with the same word. Quotation marks?

If you end a sentence, then begin the next sentence with the same word, but you wish to write more about that word in the next sentence, do you need to put that word in quotation marks in the next ...

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