Quotation Marks Part Three

This is the third of three pages dealing with quotation marks. Study these
rules, and use them in your writing.

  • When you are writing dialogue, start a new paragraph each time the
    speaker changes.

    ‘‘We need to remodel the upstairs bathroom,’’ Mom said to Dad.
    He asked her, ‘‘How much do you think that this job will cost us? I
    think that I will probably be able to do most of the work.’’
    ‘‘Great!’’ Mom replied. ‘‘Let’s talk about the project again tomorrow.’’

  • Use only the opening quotation marks at the beginning of each
    paragraph when you are quoting a passage of more than one paragraph.
    The only time to include the closing quotation marks is at the end
    of the concluding paragraph.

    ‘‘The bridge was built after the immigrants began to come into the
    burgeoning city in large numbers. This bridge was not a luxury; it
    was a necessity. People demanded it, and the politicians responded
    quickly to their demands.

    ‘‘Then the good times for construction workers began—and
    continued—for the next three decades. There was always work�
    and plenty of it. To be able to use a saw and hammer meant that
    you were able to feed your family.’’

  • Use quotation marks to enclose the titles of the following: chapters,
    songs, articles, short poems, and short stories.

    ‘‘Before Hitting the Water’’ (chapter) from Kayaking for Fitness
    ‘‘America the Beautiful’’ (song)
    ‘‘More Strain, More Injuries’’ (article)
    ‘‘Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening’’ (short poem)
    ‘‘Beware of the Dog’’ (short story)