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Quotation marks - punctuation

Posted by Manjusha Filed in English Writing

Quotation marks (‘…’ “…”) are also called inverted commas in British English.

Quotation marks are chiefly used to set off direct speech.

  • ‘Can I help you?’ she asked.
  • Pope says, ‘The proper study of mankind is man.’

We often use quotation marks round words when we give them special meanings.

  • A textbook can be a ‘wall’ between teacher and class.
  • People disagree about how to use the word ‘disinterested’.



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