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Full stop or dot
Question mark
Exclamation mark
Double or single quotation
marks or inverted commas

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" ' Double or single quotation marks/inverted commas

For the main uses of quotation marks/inverted commas see the Starter Level. The following describes a further use.

To use a word in a special way or draw attention to it

You can pick out a word in your text which you want the reader specially to notice, by putting it in inverted commas.


Who knows what the 'right' answer is.
The implication here is that there is not a right answer.

In this package we use 'document' to mean any piece of written work.

It might help your readers if you used double quotation marks/inverted commas for quotations, and single ones for words you want them specially to notice.

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