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I’m never sure what Bob means by [‘]adaptable responses,[’] but he uses the phrase frequently.




I’m never sure what Bob means by [‘‘]adaptable responses,[’’] but he uses the phrase frequently.


Single quotation marks used in place of double quotation marks:


Use double quotation marks around quoted material – regardless of the length of the quote.  (In other words, don’t use double quotation marks around longer quotes and single quotation marks around shorter quotes.)


Reserve the use of single quotation marks for quotes within quotes, as in the following sentence: He pounded the desk and declared, “I’m tired of hearing the phrase ‘adaptable responses’ at every staff meeting!”


Weekly Tip

See Error Checklist for a compilation of 75 common writing errors.

For more exercises in identifying common errors,
take the M.B.A. exam and
the Punctuation and Grammar Challenges.