Towards The Use of Inverted Comma

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Towards The Use of Inverted Comma

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If you don't know the difference between single inverted comma and double inverted comma, this article will do you great benefits. Just try to read till the end. This topic will be discussed in relation to standard English. What is inverted commas? Inverted commas are otherwise called Quotation Marks in British English. These are used to enclose words of direct speech.

Generally, double inverted quotation ("x") are regarded as standard; the single inverted comma ('x') is used for a quote inside a quote. This means the double quotation comes before the single quotation if you want to use the two quotations within a sentence.

Examples:

1. I heard the violent man say, "the policeman shouted 'catch that man'. "

2.Professor Flynn began with, "Even if you've never read a word of Shakespeare, I'm sure you've heard 'To be or not to be' a thousand times."

Inverted commas can be used to punctuate the title of books, plays, films, poem, and articles.

3. Achebe wrote "Things Fall Apart".

4. "The Funny Girl" is still showing.

Note that when we use inverted commas to indicate title, the first letter in each word in the title must be in capital letters. Another thing is that the "the full stop" must come after the inverted comma.
They are also used to indicate that a word is used not in its general accepted sense, or that a word or phrase is a foreign one.

5. MachMillan termed the process for the liberation of Arricy as "The Winds of Change".

6. We wear 'agbada' in Nigeria.

In British English, the usual style is to use single quotation marks, while any associated punctuation is placed outside the closing quotation mark:

Their new single is called 'Curtain Falls'.
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That was very nice of you to write that out! And, if you are accustomed to British punctuation it is/was probably difficult for you to break the punctuation habits - bravo to you!
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Please correct me if I am wrong, but I think you have given some misinformation.
I am not sure about British punctuation rules, but according to OBC guidelines, titles of books, plays, and films need to be italicized. Poems, songs, and articles use quotation marks.
You stated, "Inverted commas can be used to punctuate the title of books, plays, films, poem, and articles."
I am not sure why grammar has to be so confusing, but it is.
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Alex7282 wrote: 19 Nov 2020, 17:53
Inverted commas can be used to punctuate the title of books, plays, films, poem, and articles.

3. Achebe wrote "Things Fall Apart"

OBC requires book and series titles to be italicized and NOT in quotation marks. It is a Guidelines violation to do otherwise and will cost you 30 out of 100 possible points on an editorial score for a review.

I see that you are new here. I strongly suggest that you become more familiar with how the OBC works before giving advice.
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Post by MrsCatInTheHat »

diana lowery wrote: 23 Nov 2020, 09:25 Please correct me if I am wrong, but I think you have given some misinformation.
I am not sure about British punctuation rules, but according to OBC guidelines, titles of books, plays, and films need to be italicized. Poems, songs, and articles use quotation marks.
You stated, "Inverted commas can be used to punctuate the title of books, plays, films, poem, and articles."
I am not sure why grammar has to be so confusing, but it is.
You are correct.
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I think that the use of italics for titles on OBC is an in-house rule. Elsewhere, you use inverted commas.
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Post by MrsCatInTheHat »

Mulebooks wrote: 02 Dec 2020, 14:02 I think that the use of italics for titles on OBC is an in-house rule. Elsewhere, you use inverted commas.
It is an absolute requirement for the OBC. You will see it used elsewhere, as well; although, some do use quotation marks. I've never seen inverted commas, other than in this thread.
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