Answered By: James Whitmer
Last Updated: Jun 03, 2020     Views: 13

There are many factors to consider when punctuating quotations, but here are just a few of the most commonly relevant rules to consider:

  • When introducing a quote with a phrase (not a sentence), use a comma.
  • When introducing a quote with a complete sentence, use a colon.
  • When a quote is inside of another quote, change the quotation marks on the inside quote to apostrophes.
  • When you omit something from a quote, use ellipses.
  • When you add to or modify something in a quote, use brackets.

For more specific rules and examples, please see the linked handout: