What if there is a quote inside a quote?

What if there is a quote inside a quote?

When you have a quotation within a quotation, use single quotation marks inside double quotation marks. For instance, Bobbi stated, "Delia responded, 'This would never work.'" It's worth noting that Delia's words are surrounded by single quote marks. This means that she said something.

Inside quotations, we can add additional quotes or not. If we don't want to paraphrase the text, then no additional quotes are needed. However, if we do want to add more quotes, they will need to be inside single quotation marks too. For example: 'This first quote is from Alice. "Eat, drink and be merry," she said. The second quote is from Bob who said, "Shut up and take my money." A third quote comes from Charlie who said, "Not if I get ahead of you!"'

Here is how the above quotation would look with added content inside the first two quotes: "Eat, drink and be merry," said Alice. "Shut up and take my money," said Bob. "Not if I get ahead of you!" said Charlie.

In general, inside quotations should be short. Sometimes when quoting a long phrase, it may be necessary to break it up into multiple quotes. In this case, each part of the phrase should have its own pair of single quotation marks.

How do you quote a quote within a quote MLA?


  1. Double quotation marks are used for the first quotation.
  2. Single quotation marks are used for a quotation within a quotation.
  3. Double marks are used for a further quotation inside that, etc.

How do you write a character quote?

Quotes with Correct Punctuation

  1. If you start by telling who said it, use a comma and then the first quotation mark.
  2. If you put the quote first and then tell who said it, use a comma at the end of the sentence, and then the second quotation mark.
  3. Punctuation always goes inside the quotation marks if it is a direct quote.

What does a quotation look like?

It's up to you whether to use double (".") or single (".") quotation marks (but see below for more about this). Quote marks are sometimes known as "quotes" or "inverted commas." They indicate that what follows is a phrase, sentence, or word of explanation used by the speaker or writer of the quoted material.

There are three types of quotations: direct, indirect, and attributed. In general, direct quotations are words or phrases taken exactly from another source; for example, "Love is eternal" is a direct quotation. Indirect quotations are paraphrases of words or passages from other sources; for example, "I feel love when I see the blue sky" is an indirect quotation. Attributed quotations are quotes within quotes; for example, "The poet John Donne said, "No man is an island," so I can't be isolated!" is an attributed quotation.

Direct and indirect quotations can be shown in writing with different punctuation styles. For example, you would show a direct quotation with parentheses: "(Love is eternal)." You would show an indirect quotation without parenthesis but with italics: "I feel love when I see the blue sky." Attributed quotations are written with two sets of quotation marks: "Quoted by [someone] as [something]."

What are single quotes used for?

Single quotation marks are used to indicate a quote within a quote or a straight quote in the headline of a news piece. Periods are usually used within quote marks. If the quote within a quote is a question, a question mark is put inside single quotation marks.

Using single quotations marks is very common in journalism. They help readers understand what part of a sentence is being quoted.

In academic writing, they are used to indicate a direct quotation. In general usage, they can be replaced by double quotation marks without changing the meaning of what is being said.

Single quotation marks are also used to indicate words or phrases that should not be interpreted literally, such as when describing myths or fairy tales. For example, "Goldilocks ate three bowls of porridge" would be an accurate description of a fairy tale but "Goldilocks ate three bowls of oats" would not because oats do not come in three sizes nor does Goldilocks eat them. Oats are used as a food source in many countries including America and Australia so this example shows how using different language can change the meaning of what is being said.

Finally, single quotation marks are used to indicate a phrase that is being quoted entirely verbatim. For example, if I wanted to write about something John Lennon said in 1970, I might do so like this: 'He told me life was easy for him'.

Do quotes need quotations?

Quotation marks are only used for direct quotes. If you're quoting from a textual source, put the quote within quotation marks unless you intend to paraphrase it.

As for visual sources, such as photographs or artwork, there is no need to enclose them in quotation marks.

However, if you want to add emphasis or clarification to a quoted phrase or word within a text-based resource, then using italics is the most effective way of doing this. Visual sources are able to convey more information than text alone, so using quotation marks may limit what can be understood at first glance.

Overall, quotes are used to highlight important phrases or words in a sentence. They can also be used to distinguish different voices or points of view within a single source. Visual sources can also be used to make important elements in an image clear or memorable. Quotes are therefore needed when writing about literature or art that includes excerpts or images.

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Michele Hernandez

Michele Hernandez has a degree in English and Creative Writing from California Polytechnic State University. She loves reading books, writing about books, and teaching people how to write. She hopes one day to become a published author, but for now she's happy writing articles about books and other things that interest English speakers around the world.


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