Quotation Marks

Updated February 11, 2017 | Infoplease Staff

Use quotation marks:

  • To set off direct quotations:
    “Let's go to the beach,” she suggested.
  • To set off titles of short stories, articles, chapters, essays, songs, poems, and individual radio and television programs:
    Chapter 9, “The New Englishes”
    sang the “Star-Spangled Banner”
    “The Apparent Trap” episode of Frasier
  • To set off words and phrases that are being used in an unusual or questionable way or might be preceded by so-called:
    Mari's “fine” was a day's volunteer work.
    According to the article, bees appear to “remember” landmarks.

See also: Quotation Marks: Quote/Unquote