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  1. Senior Member
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    inverted commas or italics?

    Nice is a word with many meanings and some of them are contradictory.

    I'm sure that this sentence is correct, since it's been taken from OWL Lab (, but I have a question though. The thing is, writing in Russian, we'd use inverted commas for the word "nice". And writing on English speaking forums, I do this all the time. Is it a mistake?

    I've looked through an article on inverted commas ( and found, as it seems to me, a similar example _but with inverted commas: What does "integrated circuit" mean? (By the way, is a comma needed before "but" in the previous sentence?)

    Is it optional to use inverted commas or italics in this case? Or maybe I don't understand something.
    Last edited by GeneD; 20-May-2017 at 16:47.

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    Re: inverted commas or italics?

    It's perfectly correct to use inverted commas or italics. No punctuation is necessary before 'but'.
    “Every miserable fool who has nothing at all of which he can be proud, adopts as a last resource pride in the nation to which he belongs; he is ready and happy to defend all its faults and follies tooth and nail, thus reimbursing himself for his own inferiority.”

    — Arthur Schopenhauer

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