Brit. quotation mark
A quotation mark.
(plural inverted commas)
- (UK) A type of quotation mark, denoted by ‘ (an "open inverted comma") or ’ (a "close inverted comma"). Often used instead of "inverted commas", which also means a "double style" inverted comma, denoted by “ ("open inverted commas") or ” ("close inverted commas"), in the United Kingdom.
- A "single style" inverted comma is typically used in the UK instead of the "double style" "inverted commas":
- She said, ‘Yes, that would be lovely.’ is often used instead of She said, “Yes, that would be lovely.”
- The plural is ambiguous, since "inverted commas" may refer either to two or more of inverted comma, or to a "double style" inverted comma, as in She said, “Yes, that would be fine.” However, the latter meaning is usually assumed.
- A "single quote", or ', similar to an inverted comma, is sometimes used in North America, especially when inside a passage that is already in the more usual "double quotes" quotation marks:
- She said, "Yes, that would be 'fabulous', I'll see you then."