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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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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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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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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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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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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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Do 'single quotes' indicate a concept?

I admit, I’ve sometimes caught myself using single quotes this way, so I must have seen it somewhere, but no style guide recommends it and it’s not standard. In American English, the usual convention ...
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