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How to Use Quotation Marks Correctly. Rules for Using Quotation Marks. 1. Use quotation marks to enclose a direct quotation (a person’s exact words ). Always include punctuation inside the quotation marks. Examples: Kenzie said , “It will be a great story.”

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rules for using quotation marks
Rules for Using Quotation Marks

1. Use quotation marks to enclose a direct quotation (a person’s exact words). Always include punctuation inside the quotation marks.

  • Examples:
    • Kenzie said, “It will be a great story.”
    • Connor said, “Mommy needs coffee.”
    • “Hakunamatata- what a wonderful phrase,” said Timon.
    • “Are you going to the beach?” she asked.
    • “Jump!” ordered the firefighter.
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Rules for Using Quotation Marks
  • A direct quotation usually begins with a capital letter.
    • Example:
      • Lisa said, “The carne asada isn’t ready yet, but you can have some chips and salsa.”
  • However, when the speaker is interrupted by other words in the sentence, the second part of the quotation starts with a lowercase letter.
    • Example:
      • “The carne asada isn’t ready yet,” Lisa explained, “but you can have some chips and salsa.”
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Rules for Using Quotation Marks
  • When you write dialogue(spoken text) begin a new paragraph and indentevery time the speaker changes.
  • When a quotation is made up of several sentences, put quotation marks only at the beginning and at the end of the whole quotation.
  • If someone quotes what someone else said, use single quotation marks inside the quotation.
when should we use quotation marks in titles
When should we use quotation marks in titles?

(Use quotation marks for shorter works)

  • Short stories
  • Poems
  • Songs
  • Episodes of a TV show
  • Essays
  • Articles
  • Chapters or parts of a book
when should we underline titles
When should we underline titles?

(Underline longer works)

  • Books
  • Plays
  • Magazines
  • Periodicals (newspapers)
  • Films (movies)
  • The title of an entire TV Series
  • Works of Art
  • Long Musical Works
  • Ships, Trains
  • Aircrafts, Spacecrafts
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