Grammar 101-6: Quotations

I love quotation marks and I use air quotes enough that you might think it was a tick… that being said, here are the basic rules on quotation marks.

Quotation marks denote the exact words of a speaker. Quotations are necessary if you write something like this: “Go home,” Mark said.

They are unnecessary for indirect quotations. So, if you’re saying, Mark said to go home. There is no need to use quotes.

Quotation marks with in quotation marks should be single marks. Example: “Katie was talking to me and she said, ‘this blog is ridiculous,’ and I was totally offended”

Commas and Periods should always be placed inside of quotation marks.

No: Sally said, “I want to go home”.

Yes: “I want to go home,” sally said.

Question marks and exclamation points only reside inside if they are a part of the quote and on the outside if they pertain to the entire sentence, not just the quote.

Did you just mutter, “I wish I wasn’t reading this blog”?

“Do you want to stop reading?”

Well, if you said yes, that’s ok, because this is over. Enjoy the rest of the day.


  1. "I'm happy to finally be home!"

    How's that? I love that quote tattoo.

    I'm ready to hunker down and get busy, now that I have limitless days in front of me.

  2. I can't stand it when I see many writers putting the comma outside the quotes in dialogue. Good post.


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