The Quotation Mark and Caps

Margie Wakeman Wells The Quotation Mark, Uncategorized 4 Comments

The rule is that the first word of a quote is capped if it begins a grammatically complete thought or anything that stands for a complete thought. Otherwise, it is lowercase. …Q  Where were you all headed that morning? …A  We were headed to work. …Q  When you say, “We were headed to work,” do you mean to your regular …

What Do I Do with…?

Margie Wakeman Wells General 4 Comments

Q     Do you know whether there were any left? A      No. And the attorney tries to clean up the mess he has created: Q      So “No,” you don’t know? Or, “No,” there weren’t any left?Since he is focusing on the word used, the quotes are correct. Since “no” stands for a complete thought, it is capped. You could use a …

Made-Up Words

Margie Wakeman Wells The Quotation Mark 2 Comments

When someone makes up a word that looks like an English word and can be readily spelled, the rule is that the word should be quoted. There is no need to use [sic] after such a word. The quotes clue the reader that something is unusual about the word. …It was “dramastically” reduced in size. …There was always “insinuendo” about …

Quote Marks After the Word “That”

Margie Wakeman Wells The Quotation Mark, Uncategorized 2 Comments

The rule about no quotes after the word “that” is for good grammar. After the word “that” in good grammar, the words should be an indirect quote or a paraphrase. In “bad” grammar, people get to say it whatever way they like, resulting in the need to use quotes after the word “that.” …I said that “You have to get …

…don’t mean “will” will…

Margie Wakeman Wells The Quotation Mark 1 Comment

As long as I have been in this field, I have never been asked this question until recently — and it has come up at least ten times in the past six months! Weird. What do we do with this? …I don’t mean “will” will. …He isn’t really “right” right. The first word is in the category of a word …