quotation marks

Punctuation marks (“ ”) that set off dialogue, quoted material, titles of short works, and definitions. When something must be quoted inside a quotation, single quotation marks are used: “‘Religion,’ according to Karl Marx (see also Marx), ‘is the opiate of the masses.’”

Words Nearby quotation marks

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How to use quotation marks in a sentence

  • Obvious punctuation errors repaired with the exception of some quotation marks where original intent could not be ascertained.

  • On occasion, the quotation marks, especially, have been added where the quotation extends across paragraphs.

    The Indian in his Wigwam | Henry R. Schoolcraft
  • Omitted periods and mismatched quotation marks have been repaired.

    Prairie Smoke (Second Edition, Revised) | Melvin Randolph Gilmore
  • Page 147: unbalanced quotation mark repaired with balanced single quotation marks.

    Court Beauties of Old Whitehall | W. R. H. Trowbridge
  • Simple typographical errors have been corrected; occasional unbalanced quotation marks have been remedied.

    Grapes of wrath | Boyd Cable