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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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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.”

    • Connor said, “Mommy needs coffee.”

    • “Hakunamatata- what a wonderful phrase,” said Timon.

    • “Are you going to the beach?” she asked.

    • “Jump!” ordered the firefighter.


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.”


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?

(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?

(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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