RE: Single vs double quotes

Subject: RE: Single vs double quotes
From: "McCarter, Kim" <kmccarte -at- harris -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 20 Jun 2002 08:37:34 -0400


Single Quotation Marks
In the United States, we use single quotation marks [ ' ' ] to enclose quoted
material (or the titles of poems, stories, articles) within other quoted

"'Design' is my favorite poem," he said.
"Did she ask, 'What's going on?'"
Ralph Ellison recalls the Golden Age of Jazz this way: "It was itself a texture
of fragments, repetitive, nervous, not fully formed; its melodic lines
underground, secret and taunting; its riffs jeering-'Salt peanuts! Salt
British practice, again, is quite different. In fact, single-quote marks and
double-quote marks are apt to be reversed in usage. Instructors in the U.S.
should probably take this into account when reading papers submitted by students
who have gone to school in other parts of the globe.

In newspapers, single quotation marks are used in headlines where double
quotation marks would otherwise appear.

Congress Cries 'Shame!'

One further use, according to the Chicago Manual of Style: in philosophical
discourse, key concepts may be set apart with single-quote marks. When such
concepts are set off in this way, periods and commas go outside the single-quote

Sartre's treatment of 'being', as opposed to his treatment of 'non-being', has
been thoroughly described in Kaufmann's book.

Kim McCarter
Technical Writer
Harris Publishing Systems
(321) 242-5101

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