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Quotation marks and apostrophes

use "double 'single quotation marks" to ' to signal direct speech and quotes

use 'single quotation marks' for


and too flag a word as jargon, while explaining what it actually means: The ‘subsidiarity’ principle, whereby decisions are taken at a level of authority as close to citizens as possible

use "double quotation marks" for quotations within quotes.


  • colons, semi-colons and slashes are always joined up to the preceding word
  • stops (. ? ! : , ; ) are always followed by a single space, not a double space

Bullet points

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