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Tutorial for Quotation Marks
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What are they?

Quotation marks always come in pairs: one at the beginning and one at the end of a direct quotation. Use quotation marks to set off a quoted or highlighted word or words from the rest of your text.

How to find and correct them

  1. Use quotation marks around direct quotations from another writer or speaker.

    Incorrect

    As poet Robert Frost said, Words exist in the mouth, not books.

    Correct

    As poet Robert Frost said, “Words exist in the mouth, not books.”

  2. Use single quotation marks around a quotation inside another quotation. Put double quotation marks around the larger passage that you are quoting.

    Incorrect

    When I heard “This year’s winner is Grace Talusan,” I couldn’t believe that I was chosen as the winner, she said of her recent award.

    Correct

    “When I heard ‘This year’s winner is Grace Talusan,’ I couldn’t believe that I was chosen as the winner,” she said of her recent award.

  3. Put commas and periods inside quotation marks.

    Incorrect

    When I asked Mom about her heart attack, she said, “I don’t want to talk about it”.

    Correct

    When I asked Mom about her heart attack, she said, “I don’t want to talk about it.”

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