Hi, I'm Heather Kamins for About.com, and I'm here to talk to you about how to use quotation marks.Use quotation marks around someone's exact spoken words. For example: "I am home," said Steve. Quotation marks are also used around certain titles, like poems and short stories. So for example, we were studying Edgar Allan Poe's poem "The Raven."When you're using other punctuation within question marks, remember that commas and periods go inside the quotation marks, colons and semicolons go outside the quotation marks, and question marks and exclamation points go either inside or outside. Put them inside if they're part of the thing that's being quoted.You can also use quotation marks when you're discussing usage of a word or a phrase. So for example, the word "cosine" is a mathematical term.Thanks for watching. To learn more, visit us on the web at About.com.
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