What is the proper way to use quotation marks? This may sound like a silly question, but it is one that needs to be addressed.
Before you send your next email, newsletter, or upload a blog post, be sure you are following these quotation rules:
- Always place semicolons (;), colons (:), and dashes (–) outside of quotation marks.
- Semicolon example: Jacob’s favorite movie is “Transformers”; He has watched the movie over and over.
- Colon example: He quoted his favorite line from Martin Luther King’s “I Have A Dream” speech: “Let Freedom Ring.”
- Dash example: Jessica said, “I hope no one asks me to go to the store”– just before her mom asked her to go to the store.
- Question marks and exclamation points that are a part of the quotation stays inside the quotation marks. Question marks and exclamation points not a part of the quotation remain outside the quotation marks.
- Part of the quotation marks: Our mother asked, “What do you want for dinner?”
- Not part of the quotation marks: How often do you watch “Saturday Night Live”?
- Commas and periods should remain inside quotation marks unless you are teaching someone how to type HTML into a text box.
- Comma example: “I hate when people question me,” he said with a smirk.
- Period example: I need help defining “Democrat.”
- Use single quotation marks within a double quotation mark when putting one quote inside of another.
- John’s mother said: “I heard your dad say, ‘Do not forget to take out the trash.’ ”
At H2H Consulting, we know these quotation mark tips and rules will help you properly use this punctuation mark in all of your marketing needs.