Quotation Marks vs. Italics Video Lesson

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Quotation Marks vs. Italics

Quotation marks, a type of punctuation mark, are used to set apart titles of shorter works such as short stories, poems, songs, articles, and famous speeches. Italics, a typesetting in which letters slant to the right, are used to set apart titles of longer works such as books, movies, magazines, plays, and works of art.

When to Use Quotation Marks

● Short Story: “Bartleby, the Scrivener” by Herman Melville
● Poem: “The Raven” by Edgar Allen Poe
● Song: “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana
● Speech: “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!” by Patrick Henry

When to Use Italics

● Book: The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck
● Movie: Citizen Kane
● Magazine: Forbes
● Play: Othello by William Shakespeare
● Painting: The Scream by Edvard Munch

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