one of the marks used to indicate the beginning and end of a quotation, in English usually shown as “ at the beginning and ” at the end, or, for a quotation within a quotation, of single marks of this kind, as “He said, ‘I will go.’ ” Frequently, especially in Great Britain, single marks are used instead of double, the latter being then used for a quotation within a quotation.
- Sometimes quote mark .
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How to use quotation mark in a sentence
There is actually real ectoplasm, no quotation marks required, which is the outer layer of foraminifera, a class of single-celled organisms that live in the ocean and use their ectoplasm to catch food.How sexy Victorian mediums tricked scientists into believing in ectoplasm | PopSci Staff | October 27, 2021 | Popular-Science
The word liberal is in quotation marks, and inflected, because it is liberal compared to the rest of the country.
I saw a pizza with a cauliflower “crust” and considered starting a movement to ban quotation marks from all foodstuff.This cauliflower hater likes the vegetable one way only: Pickled | Jim Webster | February 3, 2021 | Washington Post
Removed unnecessary closing quotation mark after: he might have the pre-eminence.The Ordinance of Covenanting | John Cunningham
Added closing quotation mark after: sacrifices God is well pleased.The Ordinance of Covenanting | John Cunningham
On p. 21 The redundant double quotation mark after "grandure" has been deleted.Two Burlesques of Lord Chesterfield's Letters. | Anonymous
It intentionally begins with an apostrophe, not an unmatched single quotation mark, and was left as originally printed.A System of Logic: Ratiocinative and Inductive | John Stuart Mill
In Chapter I, a quotation mark has been added after "for a rainy day."The Bronze Eagle | Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
British Dictionary definitions for quotation mark
either of the punctuation marks used to begin or end a quotation, respectively “ and ” or ‘ and ’ in English printing and writing. When double marks are used, single marks indicate a quotation within a quotation, and vice versa: Also called: inverted comma
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