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Should I use hyphens or quotation marks to modify a noun?

Should I use hyphens or quotation marks to modify a noun? For example, a what-did-I-do-last-night hangover or a "what did I do last night" hangover Which one is/are correct? Is there any ...
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Do 'single quotes' indicate a concept?

"Apple" it indicates a word. Apple it indicates a referent (=fruit). 'Apple' it indicates a concept of an apple. Is it true? I saw on Wikipedia: Use–mention distinction Either quotation ...
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Why did they use single and not double quotes in this news headline?

'King Charles should feel justified - he's defied predictions the monarchy would crumble'
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Is it advisable to use quotation marks for emphasis?

The following is an extract from CNN. I'm wondering if it's advisable to keep the quotation marks around the word "only" for emphasis. For the holidays, McDonald’s is giving away free meals ...
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Putting labels into quotation marks when describing a graph

Suppose we want to describe the following graph. Isn't it preferable to put labels in quotation marks? For example, instead of writing 1 Salaries comprise three-thirds of the total budget, as ...
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"action" with quotation marks

Could anyone tell me why "action" in this passage is marked with quotation marks? The origin of the term can be traced to Albert Goldman and a 1964 article he had written in The New ...
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This question ended with ?"? and I think it is a punctuation error, if it is incorrect is there a way to avoid using ?"?

This question ended with ?"? and I think it is a punctuation error, if it is incorrect is there a way to avoid using ?"?? As a psychiatrist what will you do when a patient asks a question ...
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single quotation marks in American English

I'm wondering whether the single quotation mark enclosing "unreal" has been misplaced. They then took the bag into their kitchen to carefully open it. Inside they found two hamburger ...
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Punctuations inside quote with regard to single quotation marks

My friend told me about the party. "We had a lot of fun there. Jen was having a great time and kept yelling 'This is so much fun!' before passing out. My friend told me about the party. "We ...
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Should quoted clause be capitalized

I wonder if a quoted clause should be capitalized or not. For example, which of the following sentences is correct: For instance, "he is less than 20 years old" contains a subject and a ...
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Which Punctuation Do You Use For Quotations

Which one of these if correct, if I am trying to refer to a quote 'We're all a little bit gay' - Harry Styles "We're all a little bit gay" - Harry Styles
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Quotation marks around people names after “He is called” or "His name is"

His name is Narayana. He is called Madhava. He is called Ajit because no one can defeat him. It seems that in such cases we're talking about words as words, and some kind of use/mention distinction ...
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Why is "ugly" in quotations?

I read an article, which said something like this: They had 11 puppies and sold 4 puppies and seven were left. Then they wrote an article in the newspaper “FREE TO GOOD HOME-one very ugly and six ...
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How can I express the meaning of a word?

For the name (word), I can write: “cat”, ‘cat’, or cat For the referent, I can write: cat For the meaning, how should I write it?
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Qutation marks in American English for emphasis and bracketing: single or double? [closed]

Suppose you write a mathematical text in American English that quotes from various sources (other literature and itself) and emphasizes and brackets stuff. You've already used up your font gimmicks (...
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period when citing a sentence? [duplicate]

"The birds flew." is the sentence I wrote last night. Should you put a dot or not? What about: "The beautiful flowers are there." is the last thing I wrote. ?
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Does 'race question' need single quotation marks? Do quotation marks end after the first question?

The sentence goes, The question is, "How does the race question fit in as an overlay to all of this?" And when we talk about the prosperity society, was that truly a prosperity society in ...
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Can I use quotation marks this way?

Being special is being better, greater, or otherwise different from what is usual. 'Special' is 'better, greater, or otherwise different from what is usual.' Are quotations marks used correctly at ...
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'This' or 'this' at the start?

I want to use 'this' at the start of my sentence. I mean the word this is in single quotation marks, but I'm not sure about the starting letter! Should I write 'This' or 'this'? 'This' is used to ...
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Merchant of Venice- Underline or in Quotation Marks?

Should Merchant of Venice be underlined or put into quotation marks? This is being used in terms of an essay (not only as a title but in the essay itself). My teacher has taught us to underline books ...
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Quotation marks are necessary in this context?

Moreover, they are causing the disappearing of several Punos, which are endemic wetlands of my region vital to the wildlife. Karachi is where my family and I plan to keep living , but due to the ...
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How do I quote a word that ends with a possessive apostrophe?

What is the correct way to enclose within double quotes a word that ends with a possessive apostrophe? For example: The "professionals'" confidence was badly shaken by the market crash. I used ...
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I said “SENTENCE.”

I sometimes see I said “You are right.” I don’t know why I don’t need a period after ”, but I know it’s grammatically correct. Then how about these You wrote “right”. You wrote “right?”. ...
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Quote within quote

This is the situation : I am to mark a statement true or false with supporting statements from text. I like to put the extract in quotes to mean that it is the exact copy of the text. The problem is ...
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Question marks and quotations

According to GrammarBook.com, "the placement of question marks with quotation marks follows logic. If a question is within the quoted material, a question mark should be placed inside the quotation ...
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Why do we put the punctuation within the quotations? [duplicate]

So, I have a weird question: In dialogue, why do we put the end punctuation within the quotations? Example: "I like burgers," he said. This doesn't seem logical to me, and I have been guilty of ...
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1.You may ask: "What does it mean?" , 2."What does it mean?" you may ask. Which one is correct?

1.You may ask: "What does it mean?" 2."What does it mean?" you may ask. ● Which one is correct? ● Is the usage of the "s correct? ● What's the difference between them, if any? ● What about ...
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Usage of quotation marks

I have a question about the usage of quotation marks in the following passage: The Democratic Republic of Congo has cleared the way for the World Health Organization to deploy a trial vaccine ...
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Where do I place a period when a sentence ends with a quote?

Where do I place a period to end a sentence following a quote? Same thing with a question mark where the quote was interrogative. Does the "?" land inside or outside the quote, followed by a period? ...
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Quotation and comma help

I haven't been able to find a straight answer if I am properly writing this sentence: “What’re you staring at, huh? Got something you wanna say?”, piques the guard. Soooo, I was taught to use a ...
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Quotation mark are separated whenever he is talking about many signs, is that right?

THE SOURCE: New York Times A section of the wall had been covered in signs. “Happy Father’s Day Chris B.” “Happy Thanksgiving Luchie.” “I Love You Payroll.” “Stay Strong Hubberz. We Got This.” ... ...
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British Punctuation versus American Punctuation

I've learned that American English use double quotation marks and place periods inside quotation marks while British English use single quotation marks and place periods outside quotation marks. ...
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Punctuation order [duplicate]

Where do you place punctuation when quoting a question? Also in general. I’m not sure whether to place the quotation mark before or after the punctuation mark. -“How can a young man cleanse his ways”?...
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Punctuation in direct speech (?) when you're not quoting anyone

Sorry, the question was pretty much confusing at best. Rather then editing it I decided to rephrase it from scratch. There are times when you're not quoting a person (or a book). Let me borrow a ...
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Any possibility for simplified punctuation in direct speech?

Not sure I'm asking about direct speech here, though. Consider the sentence: And then I thought, why do I even need this? I believe I run into sentences like this occasionally. The correct way ...
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Quoting a German sentence with double German quotation marks and an apostrophe in a US-English text [closed]

I wish to quote the German sentence Karl war, wie man so schön sagt, „strack wie Sau“, aber Max’ Freund konnte Karl doch heimfahren. inside a US-English text. The audience consists of English-...
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How to properly insert a question in a statement

How to frame this sentence properly with adherence to all grammatical rules? Example: Until yesterday, Men had never asked God, "What is the meaning of life?". I'm trying to embed a question in a ...
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What do quotation marks in a mid-name signify?

Source As clear from source,I wonder what's the need to use that in the mid name of Steven "Steve" Barry Smith.I have pretty much seen these on Wikipedia website.
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Do periods and question marks come inside the quotation mark, or outside?

I am very well aware of punctuation usage difference between American and British usage, but this part confuses me a little. Example: A. Why did he ask, "Who are you?" B. Why did he ask, "Who ...
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Apostrophe Usage Around Words?

"The Canadian smiled at his opponent as they went to their corners. It was not a smile that said, ‘I got this now.’" In ‘I got this now.’, what seems a grammatical reason for this (apostrophes)? Why, ...
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What is the difference between putting single and double quotation marks?

Is there any difference in putting single and double quotation marks to a word in a sentence? Say - 'design' and "design" It is the 'design' that should appeal the viewer It is the "design" that ...
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Are single quotation marks only valid within a quotation?

According to Grammarbook.com that claims to be "Your #1 Source for Grammar and Punctuation", its Rule #3 says: Use single quotation marks for quotations within quotations. Example: He said, ...
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Help me to understand this usage of periods in quotations and with incomplete sentences

Help me to understand this quote: "You should never read just for 'enjoyment.' Read to make yourself smarter! Less judgmental. More apt to understand your friends’ insane behavior, or better yet, ...
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Telling someone don't or telling someone not to

I told Jim not to shout. I told Jim don't shout. Could anyone possibly tell me what is the difference between these? And which one would you rather use?
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How do I put commas in this sentence?

Consider this sentence: I think if you give some more info regarding what you're "trying to implement", that might help. I have the following questions: Where should the commas go? (AmEng and ...
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Types of quotation(word quest)

As I observed, there are 4 kinds of quotations with a quotation mark(maybe less, maybe more, I'm no professional) The old saying “If it seems to good to be true, it probably is” applies perfectly in ...
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Can I use quotation marks to mean a word is used euphemistically?

In Italian I could write Ho visto "l'albergo" dove lavori. (I saw the "hotel" where you work.) In that sentence, I am not quoting what somebody said, but I am using albergo in an euphemistic way, ...
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Quoting a sentence containing a quote: Which quotation mark should I use?

In American English, the quotation mark normally used is the double quotation mark. Edema asked, "Am I an alliteration addict?" When quoting text, which quotation marks should I use? Single ...
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Using quotation marks in direct speech

My native language allows omitting quotation marks in sentences containing direct speech when the borderline between the "wrapper" sentence and the quoted speech is obvious and does not produce ...
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