Quote marks

Quote marks


If you’re in the US

How to use quotation marks

Generally, double quotes with the punctuation inside the quotation marks is the way to go.

If you’ve got a quote within a quote it should go like this:

Chris said, “Is it true that Carmela asked ‘Is chicken vegetarian?’ the other day?”

If you’re in the UK

How to use quotation marks

Use single rather than double quotes. But it’s okay to use double quotes when you’ve got a nice quote in a large font size, like in a PowerPoint presentation or a proposal title. Because they look prettier.

If you’ve got a quote within a quote it should go like this:

Chris said, ‘Is it true that Carmela asked “Is chicken vegetarian?” the other day?’

Punctuating around quote marks

The same rules apply as when you’re punctuating round brackets.

So, when the quote you use is part of a longer sentence, the full stop (or any other punctuation) goes on the outside:

Harry said it was ‘beautifully written’.

When the whole sentence is in speech marks, the full stop should go on the inside (even with the ‘Harry said’ at the beginning – and notice the cap on ‘It’):

Harry said ‘It was beautifully written.’ Or ‘It was beautifully written,’ said Harry.

 


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