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Why is "ugly" in quotations?

Quotes here mean that the puppies given away were labeled as "ugly" despite not being any uglier than expected from a puppy. You cannot give away one puppy seven times. So, as there were ...
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Is it advisable to use quotation marks for emphasis?

Don't use quotation marks for emphasis. CNN isn't doing so here. If you say Mary will get £50000. John will get only £10000. It means that £10000 is small. But suppose you feel that it is actually ...
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Do 'single quotes' indicate a concept?

I tracked down reference 17 from the Wikipedia quote (Butcher's Copy-editing): Some authors have their own system of quotation marks, which they are anxious to retain: for example, double quotes for ...
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Why is "ugly" in quotations?

The puppy labelled is not ugly, but "ugly" (with quotations). The quotations used here are like air quotes, which are used to draw attention to a word or phrase. In this case, the ...
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Should I use hyphens or quotation marks to modify a noun?

Neither is appropriate in a formal setting, such as an essay for school or a language test. You should paraphrase "a terrible hangover and I couldn't remember what I'd been doing the night ...
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How do I quote a word that ends with a possessive apostrophe?

The original sentence is correct, but I agree that it can look ugly. There is at least three possible solutions to this: Don't use the posessive. You could instead say: The confidence of the "...
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Is it advisable to use quotation marks for emphasis?

Quotation marks are commonly used in inline text for a variety of reasons: To mark a specific word/phrase as a literal quotation, To indicate that the use of the word is being used in a sarcastic or ...
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Do 'single quotes' indicate a concept?

There is no widely agreed convention. If you as an author wish to use some convention like the one you cite, you can feel free to do so. But if you didn’t explicitly describe (in some metadiscourse) ...
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Qutation marks in American English for emphasis and bracketing: single or double?

You should not use quotes for emphasis. In your given examples you should not use emphasis at all! The proper way to write this is to remove all single quotes, and replace them with nothing at all. ...
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Should I use hyphens or quotation marks to modify a noun?

4 Hyperextension of adjectives is not two or even three. They are longer phrases and sometimes even a full sentence used as a prepositioned adjective. AKA multiple hyphen compound adjective Here are ...
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How can I express the meaning of a word?

The name is “cat” or ‘cat’ The meaning is “a small domestic animal with soft fur kept as a pet or for catching mice.” or ‘a small domestic animal with soft fur kept as a pet or for catching mice.’ It ...
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Why is "ugly" in quotations?

As in dialog, quotes here are used to indicate that was what was said. The buyer, or the narrator, or both, referred to the puppy as ugly. In general, this is used to indicate the same meaning as the ...
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How do I quote a word that ends with a possessive apostrophe?

Short of rephrasing the sentence (which is possible), most style guides address this by suggesting putting a space between the apostrophe and quotation mark in order to make the presentation clearer ...
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Merchant of Venice- Underline or in Quotation Marks?

This may vary from place to place depending on which style guide your institution follows, but here is the rule from the Chicago Manual of Style: When quoted in text or listed in a bibliography, ...
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British Punctuation versus American Punctuation

There is no universally accepted rule about single/double quotes in BrE. It depends on the publisher's style. British books usually use single quotation marks, but British newspapers and magazines ...
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What do quotation marks in a mid-name signify?

Quotes in this way between a person's given and family names generally indicates a nickname (a name they are informally referred to) John "JJ" Smith Would be referred to as "JJ" in informal ...
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Do 'single quotes' indicate a concept?

I think I can safely say that these days, the type of quote used has more to do with context than syntax/logic. So, for example, if I wanted to talk about it here, I might refer to "An Apple"...
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Punctuation order

“How can a young man cleanse his ways?”
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What do quotation marks in a mid-name signify?

The quotes will signify a nickname. The person in your example has the legal name of Steven Barry Smith. "Steve" is a shortened, informal "nickname" for the name Steven. In a formal setting, he would ...
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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? Both In directly quoted speech, it's more common to separate the two clauses with a ...
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period when citing a sentence?

Disclaimer: This answer has exceptions in certain contexts, but should be accurate as a general rule. Don't include the period within a mid-sentence quote if the quote is not at the end of the ...
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Does 'race question' need single quotation marks? Do quotation marks end after the first question?

Questions don't automatically belong within quotation marks. If it's a question that someone else has asked (or otherwise a quotation from someone or somewhere) then it belongs in quotation marks. ...
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Quotation marks around people names after “He is called” or "His name is"

Normally when we are just stating someone's name, like "His name is Bob", we don't mark it out it any way. No quotes or italics or anything. Just normal type. If you are talking about a name ...
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Why is "ugly" in quotations?

They mean that the puppy had been wrongly called “ugly.” The context here is that they demonstrated that none of the puppies were ugly at all. Quotes like this mean that the writer is repeating a ...
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Should quoted clause be capitalized

There are different schools of thought on this. On the one hand, it constitutes a complete sentence on its own, so upper case could be justified. On the other hand, it functions as an integral ...
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single quotation marks in American English

No, that quotation mark is supposed to be there. Look further in front, you will notice another quotation mark. This single quotation mark is used to describe the speech one said, as a double ...
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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 ?"?

It's okay -- it's a question within a question. Take a look at How to punctuate a quoted question within a question? Bonus: here's one way of avoiding the nested question: A patient asks you, their ...
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Why did they use single and not double quotes in this news headline?

The journalist is quoting Jennie Bond (an expert on the Royal Family). Both single and double quotation marks may be used to indicate direct quotations. There is no difference in meaning. Possibly ...
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Which Punctuation Do You Use For Quotations

Both are correct. A particular publication might have a house style that prefers either single or double quotation marks. The APA style uses double quotation marks, except when quoting material that ...
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Qutation marks in American English for emphasis and bracketing: single or double?

In AmE, quotation marks should never be used for emphasis. As the link says, don't do it. It's simply wrong. It will never be interpreted as emphasis, but instead as sarcasm. That said, the ...
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