Quote, Quotation, or Quotation Mark?

Quote is a verb. It means "to repeat the words of a writer or speaker."

Quotation is a noun. It means "words quoted" or "the act of quoting."

Quotation marks are punctuation marks used to highlight a written quotation.

Correct: He quoted Shakespeare frequently.

Incorrect: We listened to a long quote from the government report.

Correct: We listened to a long quotation from the government report.

Incorrect: You need to put this part in quotes.

Correct: You need to put this part in quotation marks.


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