single quote

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single quote (plural single quotes)

  1. A quotation mark, as in She said, 'Go ahead'.
  2. An apostrophe, as in Let's do it.

Usage notes[edit]

  • An "inverted comma" is sometimes used in the United Kingdom as a quotation mark:
    • She said, ‘Yes, that would be lovely.’ is often used instead of "double style" "inverted commas", as in She said, “Yes, that would be lovely.”
  • This usage 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."


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