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Quotation Marks


Use of Quotation Marks to Enclose Words Used in Special Senses

Use quotation marks to refer to words used in special senses, such as when you are speaking about the words themselves or if you are referring to the words in an ironic or non-literal way.

• Many people misuse the words "there" and "their." [discussing the words themselves]
• In many companies, "restructuring" often means lay offs. [ironic or non-literal]

Note: Do not use quotation marks to call attention to words. For that purpose, use bold, underline, or italics.

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