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16 May 2006 @ 07:33 pm
Punctuation question  
Actually I have a stupid question. I'm just putting the finishing touches on a fic and I've come to a punctuation problem. If there are a group of people watching a movie on a computer screen or television set, where do you put the quotation marks on the dialogue going on on the screen? Do you do double-quotation marks? Or single and double?

It's stupid, I know. I just can't remember any books I read with this dilemna.

Thanks, Maria
 
 
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jane2005jane2005 on May 17th, 2006 03:03 am (UTC)
You mean, the dialog going on, is coming from the show on the television? So you're quoting a show? If that's the case, it would be double quotation marks, and the writer would have to do the work in making clear who is speaking.

Of course, you can always put the show in italics to make clear the show's dialog is being shown, and write out the show as if writing a screenplay, which would offset it from the fiction-writing style of the story the show is appearing in.

Anyone else, feel free to correct me.
Maria: raining treeslave_o_spike on May 17th, 2006 03:26 am (UTC)
I thought it was double quotation marks.

Thanks for confirming this.