Quotation Marks: What they Are, How to Use them
Rules for punctuating letters, single words, and partial sentences
When using quotation marks with single letters, translations, mottos, or slang, put the opening and closing quotation marks around the specific word, letter, or phrase. However, if it’s at the end of the sentence, put the period inside the quotation marks.
- His dog's name starts with a “B.”
- In Spanish, hola means “hello.”
- An elderly man is often referred to as “Grandpa,” even to those not his kin.
When to capitalize:
If you quote a complete sentence, begin the quote with a capital letter. However, if you’re only quoting a fragment or piece of a sentence, begin with a lowercase letter.
In either of these cases, if the quote is at the end of the sentence, the period will go inside of the quotation marks.
- My Dad's motto was “Any job worth doing, is worth doing right.”
- Mom said she had “no idea” how to play the video game.
- The bank said they couldn't fund the project because it was “too disorganized.”