"Quotation Marks."

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“There is a huge amount of ignorance concerning the use of quotation marks” (Truss Eats, Shoots, & Leaves p149).

I have always struggled with using quotation marks. I have a hard time when there is a quote within a quote and the second quote is at the end of the sentence.  I never know if it’s grammatically correct to use a single quote followed by a double quote to end the sentence. In my papers, I will use quotes from a book, but it will have a quote in it. A lot of times I will avoid using it so I don’t have to worry about the quotation marks.

I also have trouble with punctuation around the quotes. For instance does a period go inside the quote or outside? I always need to review the rules. I have noticed that commas and quotations are the two most frequent mistakes I make in papers. Reading this book helped me to review the rules. I now have a better understanding of how to use quotation marks.

I’m really glad I got to read this book. Not only did it help me understand punctuation better, but it also made me feel good to see that someone else is as passionate as I am on certain grammar rules.


Tiffany Gilbert said:

I'm with you on the confusion of punctuation marks inside or outside of quotations. I always remember after staring at my sentence, but it still doesn't come naturally. I also see a reoccuring theme of avoiding something that we aren't sure of instead of learning it. Don't get me wrong, I'm certainly guilty of that, but knowing that other people avoid confusing situations makes me feel better, but it also makes me want to learn it....in the end...its the right thing to do. :)

Ally Hall said:

I'm with you when you say you don't always understand how to use a quotation mark. Sure, I know how to correctly quote dialog in my short stories, but using them in academic papers is a different story. I ALWAYS struggle with remembering if there's a comma before the end quote or not. I find it annoying that this is one thing that seems simple, but I can't seem to fully grasp yet. Maybe another couple years. haha

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