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.”

 (Geoff Barton)

Keep punctuation inside speech marks, see video below.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/clips/zvftsbk

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.

 

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