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    Punctuation Question

    Ex. We often misuse the word "love."

    In academic writing (Chicago style for instance), it is not punctuation wise correct to use the quotation marks like the above, if I learned correctly.

    If so, what is the academically/punctuation wise correct usage?

    (a) We often misuse the word love. (no punctuation specifically for love)

    (b) We often misuse the word, love. (commas before love and after if there are more words to the sentence, treating it as an appositive)

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Punctuation Question

    Hi,

    My guess is maybe it should be written in italics.

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    Re: Punctuation Question

    We often misuse the word 'love'.

    That's how I would write it (with a pen on a piece of paper, or here on the forum).

    When I have the opportunity to italicise it (as I have here) I might choose to write 'We often misuse the word love.'

    A comma before love is quite wrong.

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    Re: Punctuation Question

    I don't have Chicago here, but I'm not convinced that the original is wrong.

    Americans rarely use the single quotes instead of double quotes to call out a word. (Quotes within quotes is one use.)
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Punctuation Question

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    A comma before love is quite wrong.
    I agree.

    When I write by hand, I write 'love' or "love".

    In this forum, I write love or 'love'. I prefer italics, because I use double quotes for direct speech, and single quotes can look awkward if there is an apostrophe in the word I am mentioning; don't and John's are, in my opinion, much more satisfactory than 'don't' and 'John's'.

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