Correct quotation mark?

What is the correct quotation mark to use when writing a novel? Is it a single ' or a double " and why?

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  • Anonymous
    6 years ago
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    It's up to you, and any house style of the publisher (which is largely regional).

    A quick skim of my bookshelves, a mix of UK and US novels, finds both, with the majority - even within US novels -- using single quotes for speech.


    British practice is normally to enclose quoted matter between single quotation marks, and to use double quotation marks for a quotation within a quotation:

    'Have you any idea', he said, 'what "dillygrout" is?'

    This is the preferred OUP practice for academic books. The order is often reversed in newspapers, and uniformly in US practice:

    "Have you any idea," he said, "what 'dillygrout' is?"

    - from Oxford Guide to Style section of Paul Doherty's English Language Issues site


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  • 6 years ago

    Quotation marks are the double ones "

    eg Fred said, "Wait for the bus here."

    The single marks are used like this - The bus was known as 'The Old Smokey'

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