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English Basics
Volume 3, Number 22, March 1, 1999

Quotation Marks

Quotation marks ( “ ” )are often used to let you know the exact words that someone has said. They surround the spoken or written words that are being quoted in the passage.

Write the name of the person who is speaking, followed by a colon ( : ). Then write the exact words spoken by that person.

Example: “The party will end,” Melody announced calmly, “when we run out of pizza.”

Melody: The party will end when we run out of pizza.


1. Cheryl gave each of her students a piece of paper. “It’s
very important,” she told them softly, “that you do your best on this test.”



2. “I’m not amused by the snake in my underwear drawer!” Kim shouted. He crawled out from under his bed, sat on the floor and growled, “Not even slightly.”



3. Charlotte removed the pan from the oven. “I hope you all like frog legs,” she said to her shocked guests, “because it took me hours to prepare this meal.”



4. Lee carefully moved one cup of paint at a time. “Oops!” he cried. One cup had slipped from his hand. “I’ve spilled blue all over my toes!” he screamed.



5. “I wish I knew how many people were coming to the reception,” remarked Mr. Barnes.



6. Jeffrey walked to the starting line with his sister, Megan. “Are you aware,” he asked with a big smile, “that your shoes are untied?”





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