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English translation: No quotation marks needed

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09:53 Jul 15, 2002
English to English translations [Non-PRO]
Bus/Financial
English term or phrase: Company names
When I write a company name, do I have to put it into quotes, like this: Joint-Stock Corporation "ABC"? Or not? And in which cases is it needed to put the name in quotes, and when not? I've looked through the web, and found names both with and without the quotes. What is the general rule about this? Please advise. Thanks for your help.
Oyra
Russian Federation
Local time: 07:46
English translation:No quotation marks needed
Explanation:
Keep quotation marks for quotation. The MacMillan Good English handbook (a really remarkable reference) gives the following guidelines:

In print _italics_ are used for titles of books, operas, etc. When writing by hand, or when _italics_ are not available, _quotation marks_ can be used instead.

Therefore, if they do not apply to books, they should not be applied to company names either -- in that case it is even more obvious where the name starts and ends, so a separation is even less needed.

One more remark, that has, admittedly, little to do with your question, but is a really important one:

It is a snobbish mannerism to put _quotation marks_ round words or expressions to show they are down-market or ill-educated: 'In _Coronation Street_ they eat "meat and two veg" at 1 o'clock for their Sunday "dinner".'
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Attila Piróth
France
Local time: 06:46
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23 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5 peer agreement (net): +10
No quotation marks needed


Explanation:
Keep quotation marks for quotation. The MacMillan Good English handbook (a really remarkable reference) gives the following guidelines:

In print _italics_ are used for titles of books, operas, etc. When writing by hand, or when _italics_ are not available, _quotation marks_ can be used instead.

Therefore, if they do not apply to books, they should not be applied to company names either -- in that case it is even more obvious where the name starts and ends, so a separation is even less needed.

One more remark, that has, admittedly, little to do with your question, but is a really important one:

It is a snobbish mannerism to put _quotation marks_ round words or expressions to show they are down-market or ill-educated: 'In _Coronation Street_ they eat "meat and two veg" at 1 o'clock for their Sunday "dinner".'

Attila Piróth
France
Local time: 06:46
Native speaker of: Native in HungarianHungarian
PRO pts in pair: 184
Grading comment
Thank you all for your help!

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Christina Clark
16 mins

agree  jerrie: no quotation marks needed
54 mins

agree  cheungmo
1 hr

agree  Chris Hopley
1 hr

agree  Claudia Andreani
2 hrs

agree  Sarah Ponting
3 hrs

agree  Peter Skipp
4 hrs

agree  Kim Metzger: Nice point about the snobbish mannerism.
4 hrs

agree  Piotr Kurek
5 hrs

agree  Nikki Graham
9 hrs
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