thoughts and quotation marks

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patricia

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Do thoughts take any kind of quotation marks?
I searched a bit and none of the web pages I found on quotation marks even brought it up. So I guess not. Not sure though. :?

So would this be correct?
They have come to ruin me, he thought in despair.

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You can use quotation marks for thoughts. You can also use italics.
 
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So are the quotes optional? Can I not use italics or quotes?
And would I use simple or double quotes?

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Traditionally, double quotes were used, but nowadays I don't think it matters. I use single quotes because they're easier to type. ;-)
 
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Will

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So are the quotes optional?

Are they? And if so, are the italics optional too? Could you just leave it minus the quotation marks and the italics?
 

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patricia said:
So are the quotes optional? Can I not use italics or quotes?
And would I use simple or double quotes?

Thanks again

Yes, both the italics and quotes are optional.
 
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