Quotation marks symbol meaning

The quotation marks (” “) are used to report the exact words of the speaker. Single quotation marks are used to show a quotation within a quotation.

What is Punctuation?

Punctuation is the art of rightly putting pauses, points and stops in writing in order to make the sense clear and comprehensible.

Use of Quotation Marks (” “)

Quotation Marks (” “) can be used for the title of book, essay, poem etc. The purpose to use quotation marks is to make the title prominent and significant. Quotation Marks are often used in title of the book, poem or essay.

The statement quoted does not change its nature and it conveys exact meaning as suggested by the writer or speaker.

Rules to use Quotation Mark (” “) in Writing:

  1. The question marks are used to report the exact words of the speaker.

She said, “Life is not a bed of roses”.

She said, “I am going to Lahore”.
“Fetch me a glass of water”, said he.

i. “My dear brother”, said he, “ I am going to London”.
ii. “I am doing sums”, said he, “will you help me?”

  1. The inverted commas are used for the title of a book, essay, poem, etc.

i. “Hamlet” is a very good drama.
ii. “My Financial Career” is very interesting story.
iii. The poem “We are Seven” is written by Wordsworth.
iv. I have read “The Great Expectations”.

  1. Single quotation marks are used to show a quotation within a quotation.

i. At the beginning of the class, the teacher said,”Where does Shaespeare speak of ‘quite desperation’ and what does he mean by this phrase?”
ii. He said to the students, “Do no cheat others, be honest as “honesty is the best policy”.

Exercise:

i. He said do not waste your time.
He said, “Do not waste your time”.
ii. He said to me I heard him say Forgive me.
He said to me, “I heard him say, Forgive me”.
iii. They shouted Watch out!
They shouted, “Watch out”!
iv. I have read a play Macbeth by Shakespeare.
I have read a play “Macbeth by Shakespeare”.
v. Have you read the poem Youth and Age?
Have you read the poem, “Youth and Age”.
vi. He said, honestly is the best policy.
He said, “Honesty is the best policy”.
vii. She said, life is a bed of thrones.
She said, “Life is a bed of thrones”.
viii. I have purchased a book, To the Point
I have purchased a book, “To the Point”.
ix. Shakespeare wrote Twelfth Night
Shakespeare wrote “Twelfth Night”

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