How to Use “Quotation Marks”


1) Use quotation marks when quoting someone directly. (Jane said, “I will meet you for lunch.”)

2) Use quotation marks around the titles of articles, poems, short stories, songs, and TV shows. The larger works are italicized. (Richard Burton performed the song “Camelot” in the 1960 Broadway musical Camelot.)

3) In American English, periods and commas ALWAYS go inside quotation marks. (My favorite poem is “The Road Not Taken.”)

4) Always capitalize the first word in a complete quotation, even in the middle of a sentence. (John announced, “The car did not move during the traffic jam.”)

5) Use quotation marks when referring to a word as a word, such as with technical language. (It’s an oil-extraction method known as “fracking.”)

6) Use single quotation marks for quotations within quotations. (Matthew said, “My favorite poem is ‘The Road Not Taken,’ by Robert Frost.”)


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