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Punctuation used to delimit quotes within a sentence.

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How should I punctuate around quotes where the punctuation required by the quote interferes with the punctuation of the sentence?

The American convention in quotations is (typically) to place punctuation inside quoted text. But I always run into situations where the punctuation of the quote interferes with the punctuation of the ...
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What's the difference between using single and double quotation marks/inverted commas?

I'm quite unsure regarding the usage of single quotation marks (') and double quotation marks (") in English. I had thought that double quotation marks were usually used to quote sentences from ...
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Is it correct to use "punctuation outside of the quotations", or "inside?" [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How should I punctuate around quotes? When should end punctuation go inside quotes? Or is it region specific? I was always taught that when ending a quotation, that ...
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Punctuation of direct speech, edge cases

I recently learned that I have developed a consistent, but entirely wrong approach to punctuating direct speech in fiction. I am in the unenviable position of trying to relearn. Previously I wrote ...
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Placement of comma before quotation mark

What is the rule for comma placement before a quotation mark? When should the comma go before and when should it go after the quotation mark?
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When is it appropriate to use "scare quotes"?

For example, is putting scare quotes around "scare quotes" appropriate? Wikipedia says the term means usage of quote marks "to indicate that [a word or phrase] does not signify its literal or ...
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Is it ever acceptable for a period to come after a quote at the end of a sentence? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it correct to use “punctuation outside of the quotations”, or “inside?” I've heard that you should always place ending punctuation inside of quotes, no matter what. Are ...
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Punctuation in an indirect quotation

Consider the brief passage: "I love your work, but calling you 'the artist' {1} just doesn't seem to be cutting it anymore. What shall I call you?" "OK. Call me George." {2} So my instincts ...
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How should I use quotation marks in sections of multiline dialogue?

If I want to introduce a “pause” between lines of dialogue from the same person by inserting a spacing line, how should I use the quotation marks correctly to indicate continued dialogue? I really don’...
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Why does the multi-paragraph quotation rule exist?

The answer to this question clearly explains the standard rule that when you have multiple quoted paragraphs, each new paragraph starts with an opening quotation mark, but only the final quoted ...
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What is the best way to punctuate a list of questions in a declarative sentence?

In my report a need to write a list of example questions that someone might ask, but I would like to do it in a sentence rather than a separate list. Here is an example: This poses questions such ...
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What is the accepted style for using a foreign term followed by its translation?

How do you show a foreign term followed by its translation? Is the foreign term placed in quotation marks with its translation italicized or the other way around? Style guides favor but don't always ...
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Rules for three sets of quotation marks [duplicate]

What rules are there for when you have three sets of quotation marks? “I saw that Julia was really annoyed when Mike answered, “‘Blade Runner,’”” John said. (‘Blade Runner’ in singles. Mike answered ...
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Punctuating a quoted question within a quoted statement

I'm working on a story, and I find myself faced with something of a quandary. Specifically, I need to know the proper style for the following: “I have thousands of them,” the commissioner answered,...
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Plurals of quotations: “Chorus of ‘Hello’s”; “Ooh”s & “Ah”s [duplicate]

Is there a way to pluralize a quotation? E.g., He was greeted with a chorus of “Hello”s. or Her daring earned “Ooh”s & “Ahh”s from around the room. With actual dictionary words (“Hello” in ...
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Is there punctuation for words treated as words?

From today's NY Times: Mr. Trump’s critics reach for words like treason and traitor because they, like others, are searching for an explanation for actions that are so different from those of his ...
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Quote unquote (or end-quote), unseparated by the actual quotation

In spoken English, people often say "quote-unquote" (or "quote-endquote") to indicate that part of what they are saying is a quotation (scare or otherwise). Sometimes the quoted material will go ...
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Should one stick to American style of placing punctuation marks within quotes if one uses the American spelling?

According to Wikipedia, there are two ways to use punctation marks when it comes to quoting. Basically, we have the British style, where punctation marks that don't come from the quoted material "is ...
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When quoting a quotation, how do you handle the double quotes?

Assume there is original source text: This restaurant is amazing with "delicious lasagna" and great service. Make sure you go 6-7pm for the quietest times. I want to quote "delicious lasagna" ...
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Do I add quotes around my thoughts?

He staggered in, late as usual, his hair this way and his collar the other. His socks were as mismatched as were his principles. I thought to myself, here comes yet another disastrous sales meeting. ...
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Handling quotes ending in exclamation or question marks [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it correct to use “punctuation outside of the quotations”, or “inside?” I've always had trouble dealing with quotes ending in question marks. Any ...
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Comma before quote marks around article title?

I'm thinking about making a headline. I know you would use a comma here: Professor Bill Bick then told me, "There will be more jobs when the economy recovers." What about here? Read Professor ...
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Why is the period placed inside the double quote, at the end of a sentence? [duplicate]

My mother tongue is Chinese, and as I read English articles, I find a convention in written English that I can't explain. If a quoted word appears at end of a sentence, the period is written inside ...
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Usage of imagined content in direct speech

I've seen and used quotations that I'm not sure is correct. If it is correct, I'd like to know what it is called. If it is incorrect, I'd like to know how to punctuate it correctly. Here is an example ...
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Capitalization with quotation marks when the quote is not direct speech

I have this sentence: We recommend that parents consciously convey the message, "Everybody needs to follow the safety rules" rather than "Do what the babysitter says." My inclination is to ...
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So, are single quotes, double quotes or italics most appropriate here? [closed]

I know, I know - similar questions have been asked before, but after reading so many answers here and elsewhere my intuitions have been scrambled and I have lost confidence in my normal practice... ...
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Quotation marks for nicknames

E.g. "I get called Hitler in school." or "I get called 'Hitler' in school."? Would quotation marks be needed for 'Hitler'? What if it was an uncommon or nonsensical word like 'A123' or 'Gaylord'. ...
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Nested/embedded quotations (quoting quotes) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How are embedded quotations used? I'm having some trouble with this. Usually, I would quote with doubles, and then singles within. But this is becoming a bit confusing and ...
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How to punctuate a quote within a quote? [duplicate]

Duplicate of: What’s the difference between using single and double quotation marks/inverted commas? How are embedded quotations used? And: When should end punctuation go inside quotes? Is it correct ...
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What punctuation to use when quotation ends in a question mark?

I would like to write "In "[article name]," [author] states such and such." However, in this particular instance, [article name] ends in a question mark. How should I punctuate this? "In "Can Pigs ...
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Is it direct speech?

I have a question regarding the sentence below. If you say “I hate grammar,” you mean “I have a lot of difficulties with understanding rules how to use words correctly.” Is it direct speech ...
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Do I need quote marks when I quote myself? [closed]

Hello language lovers, English isn't my first language and I would like to know if I need to use quotation marks when I quote something I said in the past.
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Quotation Marks Before and After Video-Game Titles [duplicate]

When mentioning the title of a video game, would it have to have quotation marks before and after it? Around published works, yes, but would video games also count as published works? Would it be ...
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Is it correct to use quotes before a comma when not representing spoken text?

In another question I asked, I used quotes to demark specific terms, but after I posted the question, I wondered if I'm doing it right. Usually, when quoting something a person says, the quotation ...
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Using hyphen and quote marks in composed term? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When is it necessary to use a hyphen in writing a compound word? I want to write a term composed out of multiple words, and I would like to know whether I have to use hyphens ...
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Do you need to put the names of TV shows in quotation marks or not?

Which of the following sentences is correct? Version 1: There are TV shows like Dragon's Den and Shark Tank. Version 2: There are TV shows like "Dragon's Den" and "Shark Tank".
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How to put question mark after a quotation mark (in Chicago or MLA style)? [closed]

For example, if I want to ask a question that says: Where is, "You know nothing, Jon Snow" should I punctuate it as Where is, "You know nothing, Jon Snow?" or Where is, "You know nothing, ...
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Using quotes around a nickname that's in the possessive

I wanted to send a reading list to my dad about the state of the economy. One such commentator is known by the nickname "Dr. Doom". I went to write: "Dr. Doom's" view is ... but that didn't look ...
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What punctuation symbols mean "not in the full sense of the referenced phrase?"

This strip of Dinosaur Comics made me wonder whether it is appropriate to use quotation marks (in the terms of the comic) "as a not in the full sense of the word" lingual marker. Searching Google, I ...
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Quotation Marks Around Nicknames?

I would understand if the nickname was around quotation marks if the full name was presented as well: "His name is O'Shea 'Ice Cube' Jackson Sr." But what if you referred to a person only by ...
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How to quote a book that has a quote in the text that I'm quoting?

I'm trying to quote this in my paper: despite the universal desire to return to "normal," things changed How would I quote this in MLA? Would I substitute the double quotations for single, or use ...
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Punctuating Quoted Questions in a Parenthetical Clause [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How should I punctuate around quotes? What do you do when you end the first part of a compound sentence with a quote? Comma placement when using quotes that end with a question ...
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When citing a French citation in the original, should the guillemets (angle quotes) be changed? What about punctuation order?

I’ve come across a puzzling punctuation problem! I’m working on a document in US English. It includes a citation of a French text in the original French, and this citation includes a citation (all in ...
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Which is the correct 'apostrophe' to use when typing? ' (quote) or ` (backtick)

A recent discussion came up in GameDev that suggests that when you are using apostrope for abbreviations, that the correct apostrophe to use when typing is the backtick. On US Keyboards below the ...
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"Unexpected" quotation marks: Why?

I frequently run into uses of quotation marks on public display that simply baffle me. I have no idea who or what is being quoted, what the original reference is, or why it's necessary to indicate ...
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Why aren't double quotes always closed? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How should I use quotation marks in sections of multi-line dialogue? Sometimes when reading, I will see a " at the beginning of a paragraph [When someone is speaking]. It is ...
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Have unnecessary quotation marks evolved?

Salutations, EL&U folks. I came across a curiosity this morning and I'm wondering if anyone can shed some light on the issue. The introduction is long, but here is a summary: Can or should ...
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Is the use of the quotation marks necessary with expressions like "self-proclaimed", "self-styled", "so-called" and "would be"?

I have noticed in many writings people's use of quotation marks whenever they use the above-mentioned expressions for example: the self-styled "artists" or the so-called "poets". Isn't the use of the ...
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When is it correct to use a semicolon before a list or quotation (if at all)?

Although I don't do it myself, I've noticed many people use a semicolon to introduce a quotation, for instance: John said of the event; "it's great to see everyone..." And the other circumstance: ...
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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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