Quotation marks, also known as inverted commas or speech marks, play an important role in highlighting spoken language, quotes or titles within a body of text.
Their main function is to represent the exact language (either spoken or written) that originated from somewhere outside of the text itself.
There are two types of quotation marks:
Double quotation marks are used to mark the beginning and end of a passage that represents spoken language, direct quotations, or specific phrases and words. Their purpose is to indicate the exact language that was spoken or written by someone else.
Single quotation marks are generally used within double quotation marks to indicate a quotation within a quotation. This is when a character is speaking and quoting someone else’s speech.
We can also use single quotation marks to denote definitions, translations or specific titles within a sentence.