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- The comma and period go inside quotation marks.
- “I’m going home now,” said Mary.
- She said the condition was “only temporary.”
- The semicolon and colon almost always go outside quotation marks.
- She read “Dust of Snow”; it was her favorite poem.
- Find the following in the article “The Guide to Writing”: rules for capitalization, hyphens, and commas.
- A question mark, exclamation point, or dash goes outside quotation marks unless it is part of the quotation. A single question mark goes inside quotation marks when both the nonquoted and quoted elements are questions.
- Did he say, “Where are my books?”
- “When did Fred go to Pitt?” asked Jean.
- What is meant by “dog eat dog”?
- Use single quotation marks for quotations printed within other quotations.
- The witness said: “I heard him clearly state, ‘I will be back,’ before he left.”
- If several paragraphs are to be quoted, use quotation marks at the beginning of each paragraph, but at the end of only the last paragraph.
- “We are very excited about the opening of the 13th annual art show. As in years past, the artwork will be exhibited outdoors, weather permitting.
- “While many local artists will still be featured, new to the roster are artists from Ohio, West Virginia, and New York.”
- Do not use quotation marks for topics of talks, papers, or presentations. Quotation marks should be used only for the titles of talks, papers, or presentations.
- The guest lecturer gave a talk on democracy in ancient Greece.
- The guest speaker presented ”Athens and Sparta: Views of Democracy in Ancient Greece” at the symposium.