Punctuating terms that are explicitly referred to
Hi. I have a question about punctuating terms or letters when they are referred to explicitly. Should they be placed in quotation marks, or should they be separated from the sentence by commas – or both? Is the way that I have punctuated the following two examples correct? 1. The name of a non-commissioned officer's rank markings are "Chevron's". 2. He said that, "man", in such a context, means, "human", or, "person". Such terms as "man", therefore, express and neutral gender. It seems that if I use both a comma and quotation marks to identify such words that it looks "over punctuated." Cheers, Hughgo
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