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Improve Your Punctuation

Improve Your Punctuation

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You will also need inverted commas when writing the titles

of books, plays, films, etc. Italics are usually used when the

work is printed.

Shakespeare’s play ‘Hamlet’ is one of the greatest plays

ever written.

If a title is used within direct speech, the same rules apply as

for quotations.

‘I’m going to see the film ‘‘Shakespeare in Love’’,’

announced Julie.

WRITING DIALOGUE / 107

‘‘For GCSE we’re studying ‘Romeo and Juliet’, ‘Far from

the Madding Crowd’ and ‘Anthology of War Poems’,’’

Peter told his mother.

Notice that each title is enclosed in inverted commas. In the

first example single inverted commas have been used for

the direct speech and double for the title. In the second

example it is the other way round. Nowadays publishers

usually use single inverted commas for direct speech and

quotations and titles apear in italics.

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