English grammar

Module 12, Punctuation: Quotation Marks, Lesson 4:

Quotation Marks vs. Italics in Titles

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When referring to a title, use italics (or underlining in handwriting) for longer works and quotation marks for shorter works. Don't use either one for the title on a document you are writing yourself, such as an essay. You only need to use italics or quotation marks when you are referring to a work.

Hint:
If you could buy the item by itself, use italics. If you have to buy a larger object in order to get what you want, use quotes.
Italics Quotation Marks Examples
Book
Book-length play
Chapter
Poem
Essay
Short story
Short (1-2 act) play

I read the fourth chapter, "Acrobatic Kites," in the book Best Kite Building Ever.

Our class read the television play "The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street" before we tackled Hamlet.

Magazine or Newspaper Article The article "Four Fabulous Heroes" in last week's New York Times was inspiring.
Television series Episode "Goodbye, Farewell and Amen" was the most watched episode of M*A*S*H*.
Movie Scene (You would only refer to a scene when referring to the movie script itself, and only if that scene has an actual title.)

I think I have watched The Sound of Music at least twenty times.

We had to shoot the last scene, "The Goodbye," twenty-three times.

CD or album Song My favorite song is "Isn't She Lovely" from Stevie Wonder's album Songs in the Key of Life.
Website Web page I found this information on Wikipedia on the page "William Crookes."
Building N/A While we were in New York, we visited the Empire State Building.
Vehicle N/A The space shuttle Discovery is now in Washington, D. C.

Practice What You've Learned

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Directions:
Insert quotation marks in each of the following sentences by clicking the spaces before and after the appropriate words. Click each word you would like to italicize.
1.
" We " subscribe " to " the " Los " Angeles " Times. "
2.
" Is " your " favorite " movie " Star " Wars? "
3.
" William " Cullen " Bryant " wrote " the " poem " Thanatopsis " as " a " teenager. "
4.
" Last " week " we " saw " the " stage " play " The " Lion " King. "
5.
" Do " you " know " who " travels " in " Air " Force " One? "
6.
" The " Queen " Elizabeth " I " is " docked " in " the " Long " Beach " Harbor, " California. "
7.
" The " third " chapter " is " titled " At " Home " on " the " Prairie. "
8.
" Have " you " seen " my " Organic " Gardening " magazine? "
9.
" Didn't " she " perform " in " the " operetta " Madame " Butterfly? "
10.
" Bartlett's " Familiar " Quotations " is " a " must-have " book " for " your " library. "
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