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    Default double or single quotation marks?

    1. "Where do you live?" my teacher asked me. (double quotation marks)

    2. 'Where do you live?' my teacher asked me. (single quotation mark)

    Where I live, pupils are taught to use double quotation marks ( " ).

    I was told by a friend of mine that the single quotation marks is the British way while the double quotation marks are the American convention. Is she correct?

    Thanks in advance.

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    Default Re: double or single quotation marks?

    Quote Originally Posted by Tan Elaine View Post
    1. "Where do you live?" my teacher asked me. (double quotation marks)

    2. 'Where do you live?' my teacher asked me. (single quotation mark)

    Where I live, pupils are taught to use double quotation marks ( " ).

    I was told by a friend of mine that the single quotation marks is the British way while the double quotation marks are the American convention. Is she correct?

    Thanks in advance.
    No, it's a matter of style I am British and I, and most of the people I know, use double quotation marks. I do know, though, that the house style of the Open University is to use single quotes.
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    Default Re: double or single quotation marks?

    I have a lot of crime fiction books, and those published in the UK use single quotation marks whilst those published in the USA use double quotes.

    Rover

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