Correct quotation mark?
What is the correct quotation mark to use when writing a novel? Is it a single ' or a double " and why?
- Anonymous6 years agoFavorite Answer
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 http://www.eng-lang.co.uk/ogs.htm
- crrllpmLv 76 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'