Quotation marks are used to quote a phrase, fragment, or sentence from a movie, book, or conversation. There are particular rules to follow on how and when to use quotation marks.

  1. Direct word-for-word quotation
  • The sentence must be fully copied and the first letter must be capitalized.

“I love pizza,” Caryn said.
James said, “I don’t know what to do anymore.”
“I don’t love you anymore,” she said.

Take note: the commas must be always inside the quotation marks.

  1. Phrases only
  • The first letter of the phrase should not be capitalized.

Gabrielle said that book was “over her head” and that “truly, grace abounds.”

Take note: the period must be always inside the quotation marks.
  1. Interfering direct quotations
  • Commas must be used in the sentence

“Hey,” he called, “Do you still love me, Gab?”
She said “No.”

Take note: If the direct quote is just one word, a comma is not required.

  1. Quotation as a subject
  • Commas are not required to be used in the sentence.

“Love wins” is her life motto.
Is “I don’t care anymore” your final answer?

  1. Quotation as an element (movie titles, name of events, etc.)
  • Put the exact title with quotation marks.

Charice Pempengco is one of the casts of the movie “Glee.”
The musical play is entitled “What if Jesus Wasn’t Born?”

  1. Technical terms (expression or layman’s term)
  • Commas are not required in the sentence.

The exam is “nerve-wracking.”
She dresses “weird” at the events.
The song was sung by a “semi-professional” singer.

  1. Quotations within a quotation.
  • Instances like this can happen too, especially in the books. Two sets of quotation marks are used.

““Twilight Saga” is my favorite movie of all time,” Francis said.
Shrek said: “They’ll shave your liver, “Squeeze the jelly” from your eyes!”

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