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Quotations in American English-British English

Judy Vorfeld
In American English, we end a quo­ta­tion with punc­tu­a­tion INSIDE the quo­ta­tion marks. “Like this.” And we use dou­ble quo­ta­tion marks. And if you use quo­ta­tion marks in the mid­dle of a sen­tence around a word or phrase, always use dou­ble quo­ta­tion marks.

In British English, quo­ta­tion marks are often called inverted com­mas, and they use the sin­gle inverted com­mas more often than not. A quo­ta­tion also has punc­tu­a­tion OUTSIDE the quo­ta­tion marks. ‘Like this’.


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