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Even though she said, [‘]Pretty please,[’] I denied her request.




Even though she said, [“]Pretty please,[”] I denied her request.


Single quotation marks used in place of double quotation marks:

Use double quotation marks to denote quoted material, even if the quoted material is only a word or a phrase.


In American English – as opposed to British English – single quotation marks should be used only for quoted material within a quotation, as in “Did Mark really say, ‘I don’t care?’” Susan asked with tears in her eyes.


For answers to some common questions regarding quotation marks, see Quotation marks.


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