NCO Primary Leadership Subjects
Quotation Marks, Continued
Use only one set of quotes ("-") to cover any number of sentences in the same
paragraph provided that the quotation is not interrupted.
The General said, "
When you quote matter that is longer than one paragraph, place a quotation mark at
the beginning of each paragraph, but use it at the end of only the last paragraph.
"I certainly agree that we need to improve. I have stressed this to the Army
Publications Board, the Adjutant, my own office, and every other place where
I've had a chance. But I still see too much gobbledygook from all sources
every day. I'm sure you do, too.
"One way I think we can get some definite improvement is by teaching
simple, direct writing in our Army schools. I don't mean that new courses
need be set up to do this; I think it can be done within present instruction.
Clear writing should be made such a daily requirement that it becomes a habit
for the student rather than a special course on the subject."
Quotations within a quotation are enclosed with single quotation marks. If both
quotations end at the same place, close them with both a single and a double
The captain said, "But the AR says, 'Applications will be submitted in
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