Date of publication: 2017-09-05 11:00
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I have an odd question about the use of quotation marks. This is my third novel in a series (Southern fiction). In my character 8767 s dialog which is in quotation marks, he is talking and also quoting something his wife said. Do I use a quote within a quote? Here 8767 s the example.
8776 Macie was bound and determined to find out which one of her hens wasn’t laying and one day she came in and said to me, ‘I think it’s that funny looking chicken. I’ve seen every chicken go into the hen house today except her.’ I went out to see what all the fuss was about and lo and behold, that hen was a rooster. 8776
For video games, capitalize initial letters of each word. You might also want to use italics that 8767 s a recommendation I 8767 ve seen in several places. If you use italics, that 8767 s treating the game like a book or album. For this one, you have some leeway just be consistent.
Nouns are typically the words that you 8767 ll capitalize, but not all nouns are capitalized. Capitalize named nouns. So Fido is capitalized, but dog is not Aunt Margaret (used as a name) is capitalized, but my aunt is not my aunt Margaret gets a mix of capitalization.
I have a question for you. I 8767 m including a will reading in my book. And though the lawyer is the one physically reading it to the niece I want the readers to get a sense of the aunt. Like what they do in movies. When you see someone reading a letter or something from someone and instead of the readers voice, we hear the writers voice? Am i making sense? Anyway, my question is should I italicize the will reading since that is the effect i 8767 m going for or should I leave it just as the lawyer reading it, Thank you!
That 8767 s it for most named people or things or places most are capitalized but do not require italics or quotation marks. A quick rule: Names (of people, places, and things) need to be capitalized, but titles (of things) need both capitalization and either quotation marks or italics.
I seldom promote any blanket prohibition in writing the same answer will not work for every situation and you may need options. You don 8767 t want to limit yourself simply because of what others have said or for reasons that worked or didn 8767 t work for them. Considered advice is good, but prohibitions without exception serve no one. Any writer can make almost anything work and work well.
Odds and Ends: Signs (and other notices) are typically not put in quotation marks or italicized, though they are capitalized The back lot was marked with No Parking signs. They don 8767 t even require hyphens for compounds The gardener was putting up Do Not Walk on the Grass signs. However, long signs (think sentence length or longer) are put in quotation marks and not capitalized. Consider them as quotations Did you see the handwritten sign? 8775 Take your shoes off, line them up at the door, and walk without speaking to the second door on the left. 8776
If the text on the plaque was long, a phrase or a sentence rather than a single word, I 8767 d definitely suggest quotation marks. It 8767 s as if someone is quoting the sign. But a single word and a title, at that makes the situation different. In my opinion you 8767 re no longer quoting the sign, simply reporting the title. Still, there 8767 s an argument for both conditions. I 8767 d go with italics for this one, but quotation marks wouldn 8767 t be wrong. Or you could rewrite.
Ginger, when you see single quotation marks, it 8767 s probably because the author or editor is following the practice of newspapers to use single quotation marks when titles (of books or movies) or other words requiring quotation marks appear in article titles. Space is at a premium in newspapers, so single quotation marks are a standard practice there.
Recently I saw a funny ad for T-shirts that so clearly documents the importance of knowing where the commas go. On the front of the T-shirts, there are two lines of large letters and one line of small ones. The top line reads, "Let's eat Grandma." The second line reads, "Let's eat, Grandma." The third line reads, "Commas save lives." ( Catalog Classics , 7567, back cover)
Names of holidays (religious and secular) are capitalized. So Christmas (and Eve), Thanksgiving Day, New Year 8767 s Day (and Eve ) are always capitalized.
Cassie, the question inside the dashes works well. If you 8767 re talking nonfiction, you could go with either the dashes or a pair of parentheses. But for fiction, stick with the dashes.