The main use of quotation marks is to set off information which is a direct quote.
- “You have no right to take my pen without my permission,” John said.
- The author in her first piece wrote, “Success is never ending, failure is never final.”
Other uses include:
Indicating an ironic word – The women in the mess hall at the prison, shared “food” to the inmates.
To specify nicknames/alias – Erwin “Magic” Johnson
To indicate the title of artistic work – “Forever Young,” is one of Jay-Z’s singles from his latest album.
The use of other punctuation marks with Quotation Marks
- Question marks, exclamation marks and dashes should be placed inside quotation marks if they are a part of the quotation, otherwise they should be placed outside the quotation marks.
- Colons and semicolons should be placed outside quotation marks.