punctuation: quotation marks

Quotation marks (‘ . . . ‘ “… “) can also be called ‘inverted commas’.

  • We can use quotation marks when we say what name something has.
      . . . can be called ‘inverted commas’.
      And quotation marks are often used when we mention titles.
      His next book was ‘Heart of Darkness’.
  • We can use quotation marks when we mention a word, or when we use it in an unusual way.
      The word ‘disinterested’ does not mean ‘uninterested’.
      A textbook can be a ‘wail’ between a teacher and a class.
  • We use quotation marks (single ‘ … ‘or double “… ”) when we quote direct speech.
      ‘Hello,’ she said. OR “Hello,” she said.