Tips Tuesday

Here are excerpts from the most recent tips on SlawTips, the site that each week offers up useful advice, short and to the point, on research, writing, and practice.

Research & Writing

You Can Quote Me
Neil Guthrie

First off, the verb is quote and the noun really should be quotation – but I would be fighting a pointless rearguard action in trying to stop people from talking about a quote. Single and double quotation marks: In the UK, single quotation marks (usually called ‘inverted commas’) are the default, with anything quoted within a quotation going in double quotation marks, like so: She said, ‘The bus driver told me, “You can’t bring such a large animal onto the bus, madam”, but in the end he let me.’ …


  1. The margins of block quotations should be narrower rather than wider than those of the main text. Thanks to Rob Kligman for pointing out my error!

  2. No! I was right initially: the margins are wider around the quotation, the block of text is narrower. Could have been clearer about that, though.