Speech marks, inverted commas, quotation marks…
Used for direct speech, titles or quotations.
Double “….”, or single ‘….’?
“EITHER use single quotation marks at all times except for quotations within quotations, which should be double
OR use double quotation marks at all times except for quotations within quotations, which should be single
The first option is more common in print in the UK.”
Keep punctuation inside speech marks, see video below.
Via The Editor’s Blog
http://theeditorsblog.net/2010/12/08/punctuation-in-dialogue/ an excellent explanation of the different ways to use quotation marks with direct dialogue.
Only direct dialogue requires quotation marks. Direct dialogue is someone speaking. Indirect dialogue is a report that someone spoke. The word that is implied in the example of indirect dialogue.
Direct: “He was a bore,” she said.
Indirect: She said [that] he was a bore.
With each speaker a new line is required to identify who is speaking.