Use of Quotation marks around titles on office doors of buildings when writing.

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 Should the name of a title on an office door as seen by a character in a story be written in quotation marks?  The following is an example:  Passing a door in the hallway with a sign that read "Office of Internal Affairs, " Karen entered the main corrider.  

Question:  Is the punctuation correct?  Note use of comma and quotation marks.

asked Mar 23 at 02:17 Peggy Knott New member

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Yes, the quotation marks are correct.  In the US, we put the comma or period before the end quotation mark.  There is no space between the two, though.  In British English, I believe they put the comma or period after the end quotation mark.  I actually like that better in situations like this, where it isn't actually spoken words, so sometimes I choose to use the BE rule.

 

For fiction writing, you do not have to always write in a formal way.  In fact, you are allowed to take poetic license if it works for you.  If you really don't like how the sentence looks with the quotation marks, you could put the title in italics.  (I do that often in my answers on this forum.)  If the words on the sign are really important or have some sort of heaviness, you could even put the words in bold.  The only thing you have to make sure of is to be consistent.  If you have any other places in the book that are similar, use the same formatting.

 

Passing a door in the hallway with a sign that read "Office of Internal Affairs," Karen entered the main corrider. 

Passing a door in the hallway with a sign that read Office of Internal Affairs, Karen entered the main corrider. 

link comment answered Mar 23 at 03:28 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

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