Here, we are going to give you some straight-up rules:
- Use quotation marks to set off the exact words that someone else used.
- You can use quotation marks to introduce a coined or invented expression the first time it is used (or you can use italics if you prefer).
- Use quotation marks to enclose the title of an article or shorter work (while using italics for a longer work). For example, the song "Purple Rain" would get quotes, while the album Purple Rain would be italicized.
- Commas and periods go inside of quotation marks; semi-colons do not.
There is ONLY ONE use of single quotation marks in American English—to set off dialogue inside of regular quotation marks.
Quotation Marks Links
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