Quotation marks ...

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  • compound complex
    compound complex

    “The [human] creation itself also will be set free from enslavement to corruption and have the glorious freedom of the children of God. —Romans 8:21. [period within close of quotation marks]

    Jehovah is also gathering “the things on the earth,” that is, millions of people earth wide, in order that they can eventually become his earthly children. [comma within close of quotation marks]

    [BTW: in UK, it's the opposite!]

    Mark a word or phrase after the expression so-called, as in She is the so-called leader of the group (not She is the so-called “leader” of the group). - http://www.wilbers.com/quotes.htm [as noted, the term so-called precludes the need for quotation marks enclosing what marked word or phrase follows]


    Quotation marks can be used to indicate 'alleged' or 'so-called'. There is no need to use these actual words when using quotation marks for this purpose.

    Peter's so-called "mates" left him on the path to freeze.
    (In this example, "so-called" and the quotation marks are doing the same job. This is known as tautology.)

    Peter's so-called mates left him on the path to freeze.
    Peter's "mates" left him on the path to freeze. - http://www.grammar-


  • compound complex
    compound complex

    The sheep were noticeably stressed. It must've been a very big "cat".

    (In this example, the quotation marks play two roles. They show a quotation of somebody who claimed the culprit was a cat and also allude to the idea of a so-called cat.) [grammar-monster.com]

  • Disillusioned Lost-Lamb
    Disillusioned Lost-Lamb

    Thanks for the lesson grammar nazi.

    I must've looked like I needed a good whippin'.

  • compound complex
    compound complex

    Greetings, dear and gentle DLL:

    I am most discreet in my manner of making a point (passive-aggressive).

    This is directed at no one in particular, but, as an online editor, I am smacked in the face by these quirky little jots and tittles that jump out at me. They are unrelenting and have threatened me that I should continue crusading onward, my relentless pace unabated ...

    I'm wired weird ...

    CoCo des Mots

  • slimboyfat

    [BTW: in UK, it's the opposite!]

    What does this mean?

  • Bobcat

    Compound Complex saith: (I'm in my KJV mood)

    The sheep were noticeably stressed. It must've been a very big "cat".

    The only problem here is that you neglected to cite your source. (I kiddith)

    But I did have a question: When the quoted word is the last word of the sentence, does the period stay out of the quotes (as in the example above)?

    Take Care

  • compound complex
    compound complex


    Commas and periods are outside end of quotation marks.

  • compound complex
    compound complex


    In this instance, "cat" is an entity - a unit unto itself - that is remarked upon in a special way by the narrator. It is allegedly a cat, a so-called cat. Perhaps it is a cat in an ironic sense: could it actually have been a human being posing and acting in a manner felinesque? [preposterous, sure, but we must be open to all options]

    Therefore, given its out-of-the-ordinary usage in the sentence, the closing period is separated from the unique meaning granted "cat" and put outside the closing quotation mark.

    Was it really a "cat"? [another matter for later discussion]

  • I Want to Believe
    I Want to Believe

    slimboyfat: [BTW: in UK, it's the opposite!]

    What does this mean?

    It means ignore everything he's telling you if you don't live in the UK.

  • mynameislame

    Who is Peter?

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