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Lesson 5-24
Prompt:Use quotation marks to show that the words within the quotation marks (" ") are the person's exact words: President Roosevelt said, "We have nothing to fear but fear itself." Use quotation marks to show special emphasis to the words they enclose: The package was marked "Confidential." Quotations within quotations are marked of by single (' ') quotation marks: The teacher read the following directions: "When the test proctor announces 'stop,' close your test booklets."
Note:The British system uses single quotation marks then double marks — just the reverse of the American system. This series uses the American convention for quotation marks.
Directions:Quotation marks, if necessary, have been correctly used in only one of the following paired sentences. Click to select the letter of the correct sentence (A or B) for each of the following paired sentences.
1.

( A ) Bill asked, "Are you going to college next year?"

( B ) "Bill asked, Are you going to college next year?"

2.

( A ) "She carefully asked, Why didn't you apply for the job?"

( B ) She carefully asked, "Why didn't you apply for the job?"

3.

( A ) Did he say that he was going?

( B ) "Did he say that he was going?"

4.

( A ) "I hate you, the little boy shouted."

( B ) "I hate you," the little boy shouted.

5.

( A ) The box was marked "Top Secret" next to the address.

( B ) The box was marked 'Top Secret' next to the address.

6.

( A ) I heard the student respond, "Here!"

( B ) I heard the student respond, here!

7.

( A ) She is the 'MVP' of our team.

( B ) She is the "MVP" of our team.

8.

( A ) "I shall return," the general said.

( B ) "I shall return, the general said."

9.

( A ) The witness stated, I observed this man standing on the corner.

( B ) The witness stated, "I observed this man standing on the corner."

10.

( A ) You stay out of the cookie jar, "his mother yelled."

( B ) "You stay out of the cookie jar," his mother yelled.

11.

( A ) Professor Sorenson announced "that the test would be next Friday."

( B ) Professor Sorenson announced that the test would be next Friday.

12.

( A ) Professor Sorenson announced: "The test will be next Friday."

( B ) Professor Sorenson announced: 'The test will be next Friday.'

13.

( A ) "The test," Professor Sorenson announced, "will be next Friday."

( B ) "The test, Professor Sorenson announced, will be next Friday."

14.

( A ) Have I made myself clear, his father responded?

( B ) "Have I made myself clear?" his father responded.

15.

( A ) She read from the story: "The writer picked up her pen and wrote, 'Spring is here!' She then looked longingly out the window."

( B ) She read from the story: The writer picked up her pen and wrote, "Spring is here!" She then looked longingly out the window.

16.

( A ) The student raised his hand and announced, "I know the answer."

( B ) "The student raised his hand and announced, I know the answer."

17.

( A ) "The athlete wrote, It isn't the size of the dog in a fight; it's the size of the fight in the dog."

( B ) The athlete wrote, "It isn't the size of the dog in the fight; it's the size of the fight in the dog."

18.

( A ) "The train," the agent said, "will arrive at ten o'clock."

( B ) The train, the agent said, "will arrive at ten o'clock."

19.

( A ) The speaker looked up from her notes and exclaimed, "Let there be peace!"

( B ) "The speaker looked up from her notes and exclaimed, Let there be peace."

20.

( A ) "Mom, the little boy shouted, may I go fishing?"

( B ) "Mom," the little boy shouted, "may I go fishing?"