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Teacher Tips and Answers

Using Quotation Marks

students writing

Use quotation marks around the exact words of a speaker.

Clive asked, "What is your report about, Clare?"

Introduce a quotation with a word like "said" or "asked" followed by a comma.

Clare replied, "My report is about cardinals and why they don't migrate."

      (Capitalize the first word in a quotation.)

Also use quotation marks around the title of a short work—story, song, poem, chapter, episode.

Clare titled her report "Cardinals in the Neighborhood."

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