Quotation Marks Part One

Quotation Marks Part One

When working with quotation marks (‘‘ ’’), follow these rules. This is the first
of three pages about quotation marks.

  • Use quotation marks before and directly after a speaker’s exact words.
    The lifeguard told the swimmers, ‘‘Please move down between the green flags.’’

    Note: Use a comma to separate the speaker’s exact words from the sentence’s
    other parts.

    ‘‘Please move down between the green flags,’’ the lifeguard told the

    Note: You do not have to use quotation marks around an indirect quotation.
    The lifeguard told the beachgoers to move between the green flags if
    they wanted to go into the water.

    Note: A direct quotation usually begins with a capital letter. If the quotation
    is not in its entirety, it often begins with a lowercase letter.

    Mikki believes that ‘‘honesty is its own reward.’’

  • If a direct quotation that is a full sentence is broken up into two parts
    because the speaker is identified, the second part begins with a
    lowercase letter.

    ‘‘Since the flowers are starting to bloom,’’ said Chris, ‘‘we should not
    step into the garden.’’

    Note: If the second part of a direct quotation is a complete sentence,
    start that part with a capital letter. Insert a period after the unquoted

    ‘‘This is beautiful!’’ responded Mrs. Alsager. ‘‘Keep it going!’’
    Note: If a person’s exact words are more than a single sentence and are
    not divided, use only a single set of quotation marks.

    ‘‘Waves gently lapped the shore. Children played in the sand,’’ the
    man reported.

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  • the interjection
  • Active and passive voices
  • agreement between indefinite pronouns and their antecedents
  • agreement involving prepositional phrases
  • Commas Part Five
  • Commas Part Four
  • Commas Part One
  • Commas Part Three
  • Commas Part Two
  • complete and simple predicates
  • complete and simple subjects
  • complex sentences
  • compound complex sentences
  • compound prepositions and the preposition adverb question
  • compound subject and compound predicate
  • compound subjects part two
  • compound subjects part one
  • Confusing usage words part eight
  • Confusing usage words part five
  • Confusing usage words part four
  • Confusing usage words part one
  • Confusing usage words part seven
  • Confusing usage words part six
  • Confusing usage words part three
  • Confusing usage words part three 2
  • Confusing usage words part two
  • First Capitalization List
  • indefinite pronouns
  • Indefinite pronouns and the possessive case
  • introducing clauses
  • introducing phrases
  • Irregular Comparison of Adjectives and Adverbs
  • irregular verbs part one
  • irregular verbs part two
  • Italics Hyphens and Brackets
  • Misplaced and dangling modifiers
  • More Apostrophe Situations
  • More subject verb agreement situations
  • Parentheses Ellipsis Marks and Dashes
  • Periods Question Marks and Exclamation Marks
  • personal pronouns
  • pronouns and their antecedents
  • Quotation Marks Part Three
  • Quotation Marks Part One
  • Quotation Marks Part Two
  • reflexive demonstrative and interrogative pronouns
  • Regular Comparison of Adjectives and Adverbs
  • regular verb tenses
  • Second Capitalization List
  • sentences fragments and run on sentences
  • singular and plural nouns and pronouns
  • Sound a like words Part Four
  • Sound a like words Part Three
  • Sound a like words Part Two
  • Sound alike words part one
  • subject and verb agreement
  • subject complements predicate nominatives and predicate adjectives
  • subject verb agreement situations
  • the adjective
  • the adjective clause
  • the adjective phrase
  • the adverb
  • the adverb clause
  • the adverb phrase
  • The Apostrophe
  • the appositive
  • The Colon
  • The coordinating conjunction
  • the correlative conjunction
  • the direct object
  • the gerund and gerund phrase
  • the indirect object
  • the infinitive and infinitive phrase
  • The nominative case
  • the noun
  • the noun adjective pronoun question
  • the noun clause
  • the object of the preposition
  • the participle and participial phrase
  • The possessive case
  • The possessive case 2
  • The possessive case and pronouns
  • the preposition
  • the prepositional phrase
  • the pronoun
  • The Semicolon
  • the subordinating conjunction
  • the verb
  • The verb be
  • the verb phrase
  • Transitive and intransitive verbs
  • types of nouns
  • types of sentences by purpose
  • Using Capital Letters
  • what good writers do
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