Quotes when referring to the name of someone or something


When someone is referring to a person's name in quotes, is it correct to write that person 's name throughtout the entire document in quotes ( e.g. "Sparkles")?

See example:

Ms. Avello stated that "Spooky" was treated by Dr. Sanchez 3-4 more times within that same week due to fever and an elevated white blood count .
asked Aug 08 '12 at 17:55 L.Michelle Coachman New member

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I don't know why you need to put it in quotes in the first place.  Assuming Spooky is the name of a pet, there is no reason to do so.  It is a name just like Ms. Avello or Dr. Sanchez. 


If you are using the quotes to indicate that it isn't really the actual name, but a nickname, there is a different way to handle that.  You first use the full name, then put the nickname in parenthesis, then all other references after that use the nickname. 


Ms. Avello brought her cat Spookifoot Scaredycat (Spooky) to the veterinarian's office on Tuesday.  She stated that Spooky was treated three or four more times within that same week


Also note that small numbers are always spelled out. 

link comment answered Aug 08 '12 at 18:19 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

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