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Grammar: quotation marks
Test: quotation marks
Quotation Marks

Today you are going to learn about quotation marks an important part of English grammar.
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Grammar: Quotation Marks (reading and grammar)

Definition of quotation marks.
  • Quotation marks look like this:

' ' or ‘ ’ or " " or “ ”

  • Quotation marks are:
  • also called quotes or inverted commas
  • used to set off speech, a quotation, or a phrase 
  • An opening quotation mark should appear at the beginning of each paragraph of the quoted text and a closing quotation mark at the end
  • The general convention is for sentence punctuation to be included inside the quotation marks, even if the punctuation is not part of the quoted sentence
  • Another common use of quotation marks is to indicate or call attention to ironic or apologetic words:
  • He shared his "wisdom" with me.
  • The lunch lady plopped a glob of "food" onto my tray.
Quotation Marks Examples
  • Standard usage:
  • “Good morning, Dave,” said HAL.
  • For speech within speech:
  • HAL said, "Good morning, Dave,” said Frank.
  • Note: do not use quotation marks for paraphrased speech
  • Correct: HAL said that everything was going extremely well.
  • Incorrect: HAL said that “Everything was going extremely well.”
  • Titles of artistic works - quotation marks, rather than italics, are generally used for the titles of shorter works:
  • short fiction, poetry, etc.: Arthur C. Clarke’s “The Sentinel”
  • book chapters: The first chapter of 3001: The Final Odyssey is “Comet Cowboy”
  • articles in books, magazines, journals, etc.: “Extra-Terrestrial Relays,” Wireless World, October 1945
  • album tracks, singles, etc.: Globe’s “Fade into” 
Fun Easy English Grammar Lessons
From YOUR Teacher: Quotation Marks

Quotation marks are used throughout writing in English. It is really important to know when to use them.
Test: Grammar Quotation Marks (reading and grammar)

Study the information above. For the test questions below choose which sentences uses question marks correctly.
1.  Which sentence uses question marks correctly?

     a.  "Good morning," said the woman at the restaurant.
     b.  "Good morning, said the woman" at the restaurant.
2.  Which sentence uses question marks correctly?

     a.  "I really want you to come," she replied.
     b.  "I really want you to come, she replied."
3.  Which sentence uses question marks correctly?

     a.  "She is really difficult to work with, replied her boss."
     b.  "She is really difficult to work with," replied her boss.
4.  Which sentence uses question marks correctly?

     a.  "She said, I really love everything about you."
     b.  She said, "I really love everything about you."
5.  Which sentence uses question marks correctly?

     a.  "You should think before you speak, she said."
     b.  "You should think before you speak," she said.
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