Weekly Literacy Focus
January 16th 2017
Speech marks, inverted commas, quotation marks
Used for direct speech, titles or quotations.
Double “….”, or single ‘….’?
EITHER use single quotation marks at all times except for quotations within quotations, which should be double
OR use double quotation marks at all times except for quotations within quotations, which should be single
The first option is more common in print in the UK.
Keep punctuation inside speech marks, see video below:
Via The Editor’s Blog
Only direct dialogue requires quotation marks. Direct dialogue is someone speaking. Indirect dialogue is a report that someone spoke. The word that is implied in the example of indirect dialogue.
Direct: “She was a bore,” he said.
Indirect: He said [that] she was a bore.
With each speaker use a new line to identify who is speaking.
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