Is it correct to say, 'The exception is when' ? For example, 'The exception is when there is a party'.



It is correct. Here is a quotation from the Oxford Dictionaries site, found in a discussion of a different topic:

Direct speech within direct speech

As we saw above, the rule in American English is to use double quotation marks for direct speech. The exception is when a piece of direct speech is quoted within another piece of direct speech, in which case the internal quote should use single quotation marks.


  • Does your answer not miss the point of the question? – Ronald Sole May 10 '18 at 18:02
  • I should have thought that quoting an example of "The exception is when..." on Oxford Dictionaries directly addressed the question. Please clarify how I missed the point. – Michael Harvey May 10 '18 at 18:08
  • The answer, while giving an example of the construction, seems to me to be more informative about the use of quotation marks than of why it is - or is not - correct. – Ronald Sole May 11 '18 at 6:43
  • That is a good point. – Michael Harvey May 11 '18 at 7:40

No one may wear shorts to school. The exception is when there is a party.

That's fine.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.