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ChanteSez … Make sure to get your quotes right

10 Jul

It’s one thing to know when to use quote marks. It’s another to know when to use single or double quote marks.

In short, there’s no need to “double up” on quotes if you’re presenting or hearing info for the first time.

Here’s what I mean. When you’re directly quoting someone in an article, use double quote marks.

In her last blog post on the subject, Chante said, “Whatever punctuation was necessary to indicate what someone said — or how they said it — should go within the quote marks.”

In essence, this is the first time you’re presenting the quote.

A memory aid: double quote marks = direct quote.

Conversely, if the person you’re quoting is quoting someone else, use single quotes. The idea here is that you’re hearing something second-hand.

Another way to remember it: single quote marks = second-hand.

“The last show I went to, I heard a few people saying, ‘I feel like such an old hip-hop head!’ I could definitely understand where they were coming from.”

ChanteSez … You can quote me, part 2

17 Oct

Last week’s ChanteSez was about the use of punctuation with quote marks.  My advice was to quote everything within a quote. The key word there is “within.”

That is, whatever punctuation was necessary to indicate what someone said — or how they said it — should go within the quote marks.

If the quote was a question, was said with force, or was simply a complete thought, the appropriate punctuation belongs inside the quote marks.

  • “Do people understand the power of proper punctuation?” she asked.
  • “I am so ready to go to Miami!” he said.
  • “If you come home with another C,” his mom yelled, “no Facebook or Twitter for two weeks!”

The only time you wouldn’t include punctuation inside the quote marks is if you, the writer, are asking a question or making a statement of force, unbelief, etc., about the quote.

In the first example below, my colleague at Terribly Write is asking a question about the quote. (Thank you, Laura, for making sure I clarified this rule!)

  • Are you saying, “Put all punctuation inside quotation marks”?
  • There’s never been an adage more true than “Put your money where your mouth is”!

ChanteSez … You can quote me

10 Oct

Quote marks, or quotation marks, are typically used to indicate what a person has said. Most people understand that part. It’s the punctuation used with quote marks that can be confusing.

As a rule of thumb, quote everything, including the punctuation. In other words, put punctuation inside the quote marks. A few examples:

  • Felabration is one of Atlanta’s most highly anticipated parties,” she said.
  • “How in the world is he able to dance like that?” she asked.
  • “That is going to be one awesome pumpkin carving party!” she exclaimed.