I do not know how to difference shade when to use single-quote marks and double-quote marks!

I when to Wikipedia and Googled “quotation marks”, which after reading, made me more confused. I can’t get when to use a singles and doubles do sentences like,

…that so-called ‘chicken’ or “chicken”.

…I do not want to ‘explode’ or “explode”.



Another important use of quotation marks is to indicate or call attention to ironic or apologetic words. Ironic quotation marks can also be called scare, sneer, shock, or distance quotes. Ironic quotation marks are sometimes gestured in oral speech using air quotes:

My brother claimed he was too “busy” to help me.

Quotation marks indicating ironic use of a term should be used with care. Without the intonational cues of speech, they can obscure the writer’s intended meaning. They can also be confused easily with direct quotations, so some style guides specify single quotation marks for this usage, and double quotation marks for verbatim speech.

In a similar sense, quotation marks are also used to indicate that the writer realizes that a word is not being used in its (currently) accepted sense.

In the fifteenth century, we “knew” that the Sun’s revolution divided day from night.

Woody Allen joked, “I’m astounded by people who want to ‘know’ the universe when it’s hard enough to find your way around Chinatown.”

Mention Distinction
A three-way distinction is occasionally made between normal use of a word (no quotation marks), refererring to the concept behind the word (single quotation marks), and the word itself (double quotation marks): When discussing ‘use’, use “use”.

http://www.cth.com.au/~gcutts/Management/21d_semicolons.htm says

Inverted commas are used to show

  • the specific words used by someone,
  • a quotation from a source other than the author,
  • words and phrases taken from a foreign language or
  • words and phrases used out of their normal context:

My secretary refused to make the tea, yesterday. She said ‘I am employed as a secretary, not as a charlady.’

The Sex Discrimination Act says: ‘Secretaries should not be asked to make the tea unless you are prepared to pay them extra out of your own pocket.’

The word ‘char’ comes from the Sanskrit.

When I say ‘tea’, I don’t mean ‘tea’, I mean ‘coffee’.

Doubles are used if there is need to use inverted commas within the ones you are already using.


I also realise the common mistake YFers have when it comes to the usage of these and this, it’s and its when they write.

Thank God for the peace we had these 50 years.

Thank God for this world.

It’s not time yet.

Has its own timing.

By the way, words like don’t and wouldn’t are short forms fordo not and would not. Marks for grammar can be deducted if you use them.

I still have not figured out those quotation marks! With those American or United Kingdom differences!

Helpppp me!


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