Single or double quotation (speech) marks
The Quick AnswerIt is normal to use double quotation marks for a quotation and then to use single quotation marks for any quotations nested therein. (It is permissible to do this the other way around, i.e., use doubles within singles.) Whatever convention you choose, be consistent.
- Anne asked: "Are you really going to see Phantom of the Opera?"
- The articles states: "A giant squid may have attacked the Marie Celeste as the crew celebrated on the deck."
singles within doubles &ndash correct
- The Defence Secretary stood up and declared: "At 0600 hours tomorrow, "Ark Royal" will set sail with her full complement of crew."
- Homer Simpson said: "Maybe, just once, someone will call me 'Sir' without adding 'you're making a scene'."