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Last Updated: Apr 19, 2015     Views: 1

The most common use of quotation marks is to show the reader the exact words a person said, in the exact order the person spoke them. This is called a direct quotation. Note the difference in the following sentences:

Direct quotation: The bank robber said, "Hand over the money."

Indirect quotation: The bank robber said to hand over the money.

The same meaning is conveyed either way, but the use of quotation marks tells the reader that the words are being stated exactly as they were spoken.

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