How to Use Quotation Marks | Grammar Lessons

I like to think of the quotation mark as

the punctuation that can save your job

or save your grade in the class and

that's because we use a quotation mark

to attribute ideas and words to the

original speaker so you use a quotation

mark to show that someone else has said

something either verbally or they've

written it on the page and if you don't

use the quotation mark when you are you

know duplicating someone's work is what

we call plagiarism we definitely want to

avoid that grammatically speaking

punctuating the quotation mark can be a

little bit tricky so I'll show you a few

examples quotation marks often take two

forms will either lead with the

quotation and give the attribution at

the end of the sentence or will lead

with the attribution and end with the

quotation so here's an example of how to

punctuate a sentence where we lead with

the quotation we have it's a lovely day

Jim said well in this case notice that

we start with the quotation mark we

capitalize the first word and we keep

the comma inside of the quotation mark

in other words we tuck the punctuation

inside of those quotes and then we give

the attribution Jim said and the period

doesn't come until the very end of the


now in this sentence we've flipped the

order and we're starting with the

attribution so we say Jim said we

capitalize J because it's the beginning

of the sentence and this time we put the

comma after said and then we launch into

the quote so Jim said comma quotation

mark capital it's a lovely day period

quotation mark can be a little tricky

because sometimes the comma goes inside

of the quotation sometimes it goes

outside and depends on how you're

setting your sentence up so let's say

that it's such a nice day out that Jim

tells his co-workers he's sick and he

gets out of the office for the day well

I might say something like Jim said he

was feeling sick but we're skeptical so

you can see that this is taken on a

different form because we're only

quoting a small part of something that

Jim said not a complete sentence and

we're tucking it into our sentence so

that even without the quotation marks it

would read well it would read as a

complete sentence Jim said he was

feeling sick but we're skeptical so in

this case you can put the quotations

around his partial quote and you don't

have to capitalize the first word of his

quote I hope that this makes using

quotation marks a little bit clearer for