inverted commas

inverted commas
1) N-PLURAL Inverted commas are punctuation marks that are used in writing to show where speech or a quotation begins and ends. They are usually written or printed as ` ' or ‘ ’. Inverted commas are also sometimes used around the titles of books, plays, or songs, or around a word or phrase that is being discussed. [BRIT]
Syn:
quotation marks
(in AM, use quotation marks)
2) PHRASE If you say in inverted commas after a word or phrase, you are indicating that it is inaccurate or unacceptable in some way, or that you are quoting someone else. [BRIT]

They're asked to make objective, in inverted commas, evaluations of these statements.


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