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‡Punctuating speech with quotation marks

Punctuating speech
with quotation marks
Although you will still see the double
quotation marks used to quote direct
speech it is more and more common to
punctuate speech and direct
quotations with single quotation
marks with the double quotation
marks reserved for quoting 'speech
within speech'.
'I haven't spoken to Peter for
months,' Dianne said.'The last time
I spoke to him he said, "I'm going to
Bahrain and won't be back for
about three years", I've heard
nothing since then'.
Notice that the comma is placed within
the quotation marks and that double
quotation marks are only used when
the quoted speaker is quoting
someone else directly.
Other uses of the quotation mark
You will also have seen the single
quotation marks used to mark out
idiomatic expressions such as -
I've always thought that he was
very annoying, a bit of a 'pain in the
They are also used outside of speech
when quoting the title of a journal
'The Migration Flight of the Lesser
Tweazle', by Jeremey Adams, in The
Bird Spotter Magazine, July 2009.
(Note that there are a number of ways
of organising such things as
bibliographies which set out standard
formats. Most organisations and
academic institutions will prefer one of
these or have their own format
published in a 'style guide'.)

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