Write On!, 0218 WYBJ, Vol. 41 No. 1. 52

Author:John H. Ridge, J.D., Ph.D. Superior, Colorado
Position:Vol. 41 1 Pg. 52
 
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Write On!

Vol. 41 No. 1 Pg. 52

Wyoming Bar Journal

February, 2018

Common Writing Rules I Commonly Forget, Part Two

“We are all apprentices in a craft where no one ever becomes a master.” ~ Ernest Hemingway

John H. Ridge, J.D., Ph.D. Superior, Colorado

In Part One of this series we addressed the use of e.g. and i.e., the use of I and me, and issues arising from subject-verb agreement. This article addresses another grammar problem that continually beguiles me: the use and punctuation of quoted material. I have collected these rules in an easily referenced chart so that none of us has to (or at least I don’t have to) continually peruse grammar books to rediscover them.1

Rules Example
1 Double quotation marks enclose quoted material; single quotation marks enclose quotes within quotes. (The British rule reverses this order.) The witness testified, “We were exiting the newly bricked road at 11 a.m. when we heard the defendant scream, ‘I’ll get you, my pretty, and your little dog too.’”
2 Quoted material in a block quotation is enclosed in double quotation marks. The witness testified: We were exiting the newly bricked road at 11 a.m. when we heard the defendant scream, “I’ll get you, my pretty, and your little dog too.”
3 Quotation marks should appear in the same font as the preceding and following text, whether or not the enclosed text is in the same font. The plaintiff ’s attorney defended his failure to turn over requested documents by stating that he was simply acting as a
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