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When to use Italics versus quotation marks?

I've checked my writers guide, but haven't found the answer. In a story if the character is reading a sign to themselves in a foreign language and then translating it in their thoughts do you italicize or use quotes?
If the are reading a sign out loud is it italicized within the speakers quotation marks?

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Asked by elizabooks at 2:48 PM on Aug. 6, 2010 in Just for Fun

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  • "If they are reading it out load I think it is Quotationed, if they are thinking it to themselves its Italic" ... sounds good to me, I sure hope she believes me since I really didn't feel like googling it...... ROFLMAO!


    Answer by WoodWitch at 2:52 PM on Aug. 6, 2010

  • DarkFaery131

    Answer by DarkFaery131 at 2:52 PM on Aug. 6, 2010

  • If they are reading it out loud, how about putting it in a single quotation mark inside the speaker's marks?

    Mary said, "This is what I am thinking of: 'Beware of Dog' . "

    Answer by Bmat at 2:52 PM on Aug. 6, 2010

  • If it is in their mind then it is in italics. If they are saying it aloud then you use quotations.

    Answer by HotMama330 at 2:56 PM on Aug. 6, 2010

  • Thank you all.

    Comment by elizabooks (original poster) at 2:57 PM on Aug. 6, 2010

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