Quotation Nation

By Savannah B., Carrie P., Dymund D., Jordan Y.

Quotation Marks

- They appear in the form of double quotation marks (" ") and single quotation marks (' '). Single quotation marks are usually reserved for setting off a quotation within another quotation. There are two types of quotations: direct and indirect.

Direct Quotations

What it is:

Direct Quotations are used when you are using another person's exact words as your own. You always have to use quotation marks around the words you are using. Examples:

- "I pretty much try to stay in a constant state of confusion just because of the expression it leaves on my face." - Johnny Depp

- Jenny said "I wish I would have finished my homework last night."

You also use quotations around the names of things such as:

- "Divergent" by Veronica Roth

- "Romeo and Juliet"

Indirect Quotations

What it is:

Indirect quotations are when you rephrase a persons words instead of using their exact words. You don't have to use quotation marks, but you do have to use proper citation. Examples:

You would use:

- Alexis said that she can't go to practice today.

Instead of using:

- Alexis said, "I can't make it to practice today because I had a family emergency."

Setting off Quotations within Quotations

When you are writing a character's speech, you normally use the double quotations (".") However if the character is quoting what another person said, you would use the singular quotations ('.')

Ex: "What do you mean, 'What do I mean?'" Alberta sniffed. She was becoming impatient.

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