Quotation marks: uses, rules, British/American styles

Quotation marks (inverted commas) are one of the unique punctuation marks in English. They’re generally used to show what someone has said, though they have other uses. Moreover, they’re sometimes used in different ways in British and American English. Uses of quotation marks To enclose a direct speech. Example: ‘Who else was there with him?’ she queried. Note that the word following the closing quotation mark starts with a small letter (unless it’s a proper noun or ‘I’).   To draw attention to emphasized or unusual words, such as informal…

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