When to Use Quotation Marks

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Quotation marks are used to indicate a direct quote, to call out a specific word or to surround titles of songs, poems, stories and chapters. Use quotation marks properly with advice from a writing instructor in this free video on education.

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Hi, I'm Laura from youngwritersworkshops.com, and I'm going to talk about how to use quotation marks. Quotation marks surround direct quotes, so if you are writing and directly quoting what someone else has said, surround it...enclose it with quotation marks. Now, you can also use quotation marks to call out a specific word within a sentence. So for example, if you're talking about a word...if you say, "The word was indicates past tense," you might put quotes around the word "was" in that sentence. It's optional. There are other ways to do it, but that is a proper use of quotation marks. Another use of quotation marks is to surround titles of things such as songs, poems, stories, chapters, and that is the common way to punctuate a title. So those are some ideas about how to use quotation marks.

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