SAT Writing : Identifying Quotation Mark Errors

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Example Question #201 : Identifying Sentence Errors

Select the underlined word or phrase that needs to be changed to make the sentence correct. Some sentences contain no error at all.

"The King will remain King, said Lord Wilson, "until the end of his life." No error

Possible Answers:

of his life."

"The King 


Lord Wilson, "until

No error

Correct answer:



Quotation marks, used to convey that someone is speaking, should always precede the first letter of the quotation, and follow the final punctuation mark of the quotation. If there is an intervening part of the sentence in the middle of a quotation, then it should be separated from the quotation marks by punctuation. In this case, "said Lord Wilson" acts as such an intervening phrase, and thus there should be a quotation mark after "King,"

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