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Grammar, Punctuation, and Style
2.4 Punctuation - Quotation Marks ('' '')


  • Direct Quotation:
    Place quotation marks before and after the exact words of a speaker or writer.
    The teacher said, "Did you do your homework?"
    "I know the answer," she said.
    "Eating and drinking," she said, "are not allowed in the library!"

  • Indirect Quotations (no quotation marks needed)
    Indirect quotations are not the speaker's exact words. The word "that" is often a good clue that the words following are not being quoted exactly.
    Example: She said that she loved swimming.

  • Use quotation marks to enclose the names of television shows, short poems, essays, short stories, and chapters from books.
    Example: Mark Twain wrote the novels "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn" and "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer".

  • Use quotation marks to emphasize sarcasm, irony, or humor.
    Example: Cigarettes don't kill; they "control the population growth!".

  • Use single marks to enclose a quotation within a quotation.
    Example: She said, "The publisher called the novel 'a blockbuster' and wanted her to write a sequel."

Directions: Answer the following questions. Also, write at least two examples each for the rules for using quotation marks given above.
Q 1: ''Rosa Parks is a true American hero,'' the teacher reminded her students.
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Q 2: The child said, ''Tell me a story.''
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Q 3: ''I'm so tired,'' said mom.
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Q 4: ''Should I tell you a story?'' asked the child.
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Q 5: My father told us that
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Q 6: Did the dad say, ''I want to listen too''?
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Q 7: ''You are a very good poet,'' everyone told her.
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Q 8: My father always said, ''Be careful what you wish for.''
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