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Is there punctuation for words treated as words?

Although you can put treason and traitor in quotation marks or italics, the use of words like in the sentence to indicate that they are being referenced as words rather than syntactic entities means ...
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Is there punctuation for words treated as words?

I can't speak to whether the New York Times is following a style guide that bids them to leave off the quotation marks. I would have written that paragraph with quotes. I can, however, answer your ...
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Why do these quotation marks result in text inconsistencies according to Grammarly?

The issue appears to be that you have used both "straight" and “curly” quotes. Changing the curly ones to straight makes the problem go away.
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What's the difference between using single and double quotation marks/inverted commas?

User66974's answer citing The Oxford Guide to Style (a British publication) neatly summarizes the difference between predominant British and U.S. English punctuation styles regarding double and single ...
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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? It is fairly common to italicize ...
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Are there cases where a closing quotation mark has no matching opening one?

I know of one. Here are some examples: CHAPTER ELEVEN Elizabeth McDowell." There was reluctance in Yao's voice as he spoke the name, as if it were a truth he did not wish to acknowledge. Eliot ...
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The word *X* means Y: Should Y be in italics, quotes, or neither?

It's a matter of choice. Merriam-Webster in their entry for pedantic uses italics and quotes The word didactic generally means "designed to teach," And similarly with a Latin word under ...
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Is the speech after the quotative "like" always non-literal?

In your example you are actually implying that he did say that. When you use "like" like this it's entirely possible for people to think the person actually said it, and it's entirely possible for ...
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Which punctuation (if any) should accompany the inclusion of Japanese characters in an English text?

Since you are writing in English the ordinary punctuation rules for English would apply. Use square brackets [] or parentheses () to offset an entire parenthetical sojourn into kanji or kana, and ...
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How to use quotation marks when quoting more than one paragraphs?

The standard way of doing this is to put a quote mark at the start of each paragraph, but if a quote continues to the next paragraph, don't close the quote until it really ends. "The next period ...
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Is there punctuation for words treated as words?

Or is this just a NYT style thing? Of course it’s a New York Times style thing. Their in-house style guide is the New York Times Manual of Style and Usage, which—being neither free nor online except ...
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Putting a title in quotes -- is it still italicized?

Style guide preferences on the question of whether to use quotation marks or italics for titles of works vary depending on the guide and on the type of work that the title is associated with. But ...
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Should suggested names be written with quotation marks?

Yes, the convention is that you place something in quotation marks when you are talking about the name itself, and not about the object of reference of that name. It has nothing to do with if the ...
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Do you need to put the names of TV shows in quotation marks or not?

How to distinguish titles of works is a matter of style. There is no single, universally correct answer; you should adhere to the guidance of your editor, publication, or organization, or in the ...
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When to use opening or closing single quotes

In numbers that have been abbreviated, such as: in the ’90s Dean’s List ’15-’16 The apostrophe denotes the presence of abbreviation, much as in: I’ll, let’s, where’d, can’t, ma’am, e’en, ... ’tis, ’...
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Quote unquote (or end-quote), unseparated by the actual quotation

To the question of the construction/placement, this linguistics professor describes quote/unquote as a "compound prefixal particle", and he explains its usage as a concern by the speaker for improved ...
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So, are single quotes, double quotes or italics most appropriate here?

You're one hundred pages in and you haven't yet consulted your manual of style? If the person for whom you're proofreading hasn't mandated one, then you both should agree on one. I prefer the Chicago ...
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What’s a “ ‘friend’ friend”, and is that meant to be ironic?

I believe, ""friend,friend"", is used here to describe a non-exclusive lover, or, "friend-with-benefits". Each item is listed and is different from the others. Knowing the intonation and/or ...
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How do you refer to letters of the alphabet?

According to the Chicago Manual of Style, individual letters and combinations of letters of the Latin alphabet used as letters are usually italicized. Examples: the letter q I need a word with two ...
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Quotations Marks Around Simple Words That Come After "Said"

Whoever told you that you must always use a comma or quotation marks after "said" was mistaken. You use quotation marks if you're about to introduce a direct quotation that is unique enough ...
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Correct use of quotation marks in phrase from To Kill a Mockingbird

Most of those "quotes" should be apostrophes, for example ’n’ and an’ which lop letters off and. See the passage in Google Books, although they introduce further confusion by using single-quotes as ...
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Is the speech after the quotative "like" always non-literal?

I don't think the quotative 'like' is necessarily non-literal but it might be a little strange if the quotes part is actually literal, because then I'd feel you'd be more likely to say: "I went so ...
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Do I add quotes around my thoughts?

The Handbook of Good English (slightly reformatted below) suggests the following:            Direct quotations of thoughts Thoughts can be treated like other quotations and enclosed in quotation ...
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Should quotation marks be used where a quote has been deliberately changed to mean something slightly different?

Quotation marks are used to enclose not only quotations from real sources (i.e. the words that somebody has actually said or written somewhere else), but also ‘quotations’ from imaginary ‘sources’, ...
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Using the Chicago Manual of Style, do colons go inside or outside quotes?

While my edition (14th) of CMOS is getting long in the tooth, I don’t believe the guidance has changed: 5.104 The colon should be placed outside quotation marks or parentheses. When matter ending ...
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quotation mark to indicate possession after quotation marks indicating the title of a short story

Given that the popular convention seems to be to put short story titles in quotes, it might best to reword the sentence to avoid the issue altogether: The characters, plot, and themes of "Slight ...
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Use of " and ' in multi-paragraph quotes

I've never seen the style of quoting you mention in use. Jesse Game-Brown's site states: The AP Stylebook and The New York Times Manual of Style and Usage suggest beginning every paragraph of a ...
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Where do I put the period when I'm quoting?

There is no single set of "British rules" for when you put a full stop inside and when you put it outside the quotation marks. Different British publishers have different rules. Look at this ...
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