Quotation Marks - Communist article


Hello, the sentence I am having trouble with is below and is how I think it should be:


A country 'locked in an old wooden box’. 


This is for the quotation marks which I believe are used on words which are used not in their literal sense - as above.


Should the quotation marks just be for 'old wooden box'? Or seperately for 'locked' and 'old wooden box'?


Also when the same phrase is used later in the article, is it necessary to repeat the use of quotation marks?


This is an article I am copy editing. Your help is much appreciated!



quotation asked Jan 16 '13 at 19:56 Richard Dyson New member

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The Chicago Manual of Style discourages the use of scare quotes in this situation. While scare quotes are used a word or phrase to imply that it may not signify its apparent meaning (or that it is not necessarily the way the quoting person would express its concept), Chicago cautions that they should not be used where the phrase is clearly metaphorical.


I believe the sentence is clearly metaphorical and is best expressed without the added punctuation.


For our other readers, in American English, the quote mark should be the double quote (") while British English users prefer the single mark (').


I hope this helps.

link comment answered Jan 16 '13 at 20:49 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

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