Quotation Marks Exercise (443)

Determine whether quotation marks are necessary in the following sentences, editing them as necessary.

Answers and Explanations

1.
Original: The Affordable Care Act is also called "Obamacare."
Correct : The Affordable Care Act is also called Obamacare.

Nicknames do not require quotation marks (unless they occur within names, as in, for example, a reference to jazz musician Charlie "Bird" Parker)

2.
Original: She’s anything but a typical "soccer mom."
Correct : She’s anything but a typical soccer mom.

Do not enclose a slang term in quotation marks (unless you are calling it out as an word or phrase, as in "She doesn’t like the expression ‘soccer mom.’")

3.
Original: Jones used the phrase "copyright infringement" in the document.
Correct : Jones used the phrase "copyright infringement" in the document.

Do retain quotation marks around a phrase that is a direct quotation from a source of information.

4.
Original: Smith recalled that he "had seen a mysterious figure standing near the building."
Correct : Smith recalled that he had seen "a mysterious figure standing near the building."

If it is necessary to reproduce a partial quotation, make sure that it includes only the words the speaker or writer actually said; a speaker or writer would not have used the words "had seen" when referring to himself or herself in the first person.

5.
Original: I "leaped" a grand total of about two feet.
Correct : I "leaped" a grand total of about two feet.

Place quotation marks around a word or phrase that is used in an ironic or nonliteral sense; quotation marks used as such, to indicate that they are intended to draw attention to the unusual use of the word or phrase, are called scare quotes.

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