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    Quotation marks

    What the difference between quotation marks and quotation mark?

    For instance, 'would you like some time alone with your son? One of the nurses will be out in a few minutes, before he's transported to the university.'

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    Re: Quotation marks

    Nothing. They are also known as "inverted commas".

    Either can be used to indicate either a piece of speech/dialogue or a quotation. Essentially, the inverted commas/quotation marks must be the same at start and end of the passage. If used for quotations, within which there is a sub-quotation, then the form not used to open the quote is used to open the sub-quote:

    HAL said, Good morning, Dave, recalled Frank.
    HAL said, Good morning, Dave,  recalled Frank.

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