I've come to notice that there is a stark unspoken conflict between authors and editors alike as it concerns the use of single quotes in place of regular quotations. I was always taught that single quotes are never to be used outside of a quotation inside of a quotation, but I also see the inverse used regularly and without it ever being addressed.
The prerequisite for using single quotations, as I learned it, is that you must have a regular quotation present for the use of the single quotes to be valid, rather than singling out a part of a quotation, writing it in single quotes, and not writing the rest of the individual's words you are quoting.
Is there a rule about single quotations that I am missing, or is the appropriate usage of single quotes only when there is a quotation inside another quotation? Can it be considered stylized, or is it just a faux pas to use them contrary to the rule?
I've no idea about that. And it seems a little freezely for me to get.
"Freezely," is an interesting term, and I don't know what it means.
I think, It means deeply freezed Oopps! I mean Frozen
Perhaps we should start calling Miebakagh, Elsa, and get him the instrumental track to "Let It Go" so he can sing for all of us. On the real, though, I really need to know the answer to this question; it's driving me nuts.
It seems to me you're thinking about ice cream?
Okay, if you could walk in the Arctic first and then the Antactica later for just 10 minutes respectively, could not the air you breath in and out on comparison be confusing? Single or double quatations are just quotations. They use depends on a geographical region. And what language d'you think it's applicable? I've no idea. In Africa generally for example, they is standard British English due to colonialization. Specific in Nigeria is a Nigerian English, although the British standard is the official language. Is English the only language quatation marks are applicable? Have you consider French, Arabic and the others because no language was specify in your query.
What the hell are you talking about, Miebakagh? How does your comment relate to Kyler's question?
I love Miebakagh, his comments crack me up. I never understand what he is saying, and I have a field day interpreting it in my head. Right now I'm visiting the Arctic Circle, then teleporting to a research center in Antarctica to discuss how breathing the air feels. The imaginary Antarctic researchers say that people outside of Antarctica don't know squat about breathing cold air.
bravewarrior, don't you see Kyler was a little confused? I was drawing a parallel along the line. Thank you.
As an author who writes in English only, I am only discussing English.
Kyler, I found this article. It basically reiterates John's response.
https://www.diffen.com/difference/Doubl … gle_Quotes
and this one is even more comprehensive: http://writing.umn.edu/sws/quickhelp/pu … marks.html
“In American English, use double quotation marks for quotations and single quotation marks for quotations within quotations. In British English, use single quotation marks for quotations and double quotation marks for quotations within quotations.” ~ Grammarly
“Double quotes are used to mark speech, for titles of short works like TV shows and articles, as scare quotes to indicate irony or an author's disagreement with a premise. ... Single quotes are used to enclose a quote within a quote, a quote within a headline, or a title within a quote.” ~ diffen.com
I hope this helps, Kyler.
John, does this mean that all it depends on the country in which we're writing?
Please accept my apologies for deleting the previous response. It was accidentally posted twice.
Yes, normally it would, Misbah. I am caught somewhere between American and British English however. I use British (Australian) spelling, but I generally use US punctuation because it seems more widely used, especially on Google. Both are generally accepted though, so it is really up to you.
Thank you to both John, and Shauna. However, a secondary set of queries came to mind after reading:
Which style would Google prefer: American, or British English? Would it even affect SEO to use either? It would seem that American English is the more-acceptable from a scholarly standpoint, but authors still use different styles with differing levels of success both great and dismal.
Kyler, Google is American based (and so are you), so I'd go with American. What I found interesting in the second article to which I linked in this thread, is to use italics in place of single quotes. I've done that often in my writing, especially in fiction. I think it makes sense and gives more definition to the context.
I'm not sure if this applies to your question, but I also use italics to indicate someone's conversation in their head (not spoken aloud).
What are your thoughts on italics in lieu of single quotes?
I often use italics in that instance too, Shauna.
Editors have changed my italics to single quotes in order to imply a less-serious emotion or dialogue, but I changed them back. So it hearkens back to my original statement, it seems to be a stark unspoken conflict. I prefer italics, especially when reading, because it feels more natural to my brain. However, it also depends on how the writer chooses to incorporate it within context; sometimes I can't even keep up with who is speaking due to the author's writing style.
I assumed we were to always use the complete words for a quote
Brenda, it depends on how much of the quote pertains to your article. For instance, if part of a sentence or paragraph brings your point home, you'd write it this way: "...the reality of it is, you can substitute applesauce for fats when baking." But precede the quote with whom you are quoting. For instance: According to Martha Stewart, "...the reality of it is..."
(The end three dots were put in place so as to not repeat what I said in the previous paragraph. I was making a point.)
If much of the quoted paragraph/information is superfluous (or will lose your audience) you can quote the way I've illustrated above. Otherwise, use HP's callout module to include it all (at the risk of losing your readers if all of it doesn't pertain).
That's what I can understand. So I gather the relevant words into a quotation(between one and three sentenses) as applicable, and put either a fullstop or comma. In the case of inserting a comma, it should be at the end of the last words of the quotation mark, and the discourse continue. The use of both single and double quotation marks in the same story don't seem to make sense to me? In other words, we're being told to use both the America and British standard at the same time.
I'll give you an example of how single quotes and double quotes are meant to be used together:
During a conversation about quotations with Kyler, Miebakagh explained, "My dear Kyler, 'freezely' means if you could walk in the Arctic first and then the Antarctic later for just 10 minutes respectively, the air you breathe in and out on comparison can be confusing," but Kyler still could not understand his meaning.
That is an example of using both single and double quotations together as they were meant to be. There are many other examples I could give, as well, but that should suffice.
"My dear Kyler, you've explain well the meaning of the word FREEZELY." I've put freezely in capital for emphasis. But it has only a single but double quatation. Does it make a little sense? Freezely can be italized or put in small letters. Yet still carry some sense.
Some things are better to left as a mystery until the right time comes. Until death, the time is not right
By HubPages standards, all caps is absolute blasphemy.
It would seem that the consensus is that American English is, and should be the go-to in any case, except when writing fiction or creative pieces.
Thank you Shauna!
Lol! Miebakagh is on a roll...Antarctica...let me know how it works out Kyle
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