Typographic quotes for Portuguese
Thread poster: Jerzy Czopik

Jerzy Czopik  Identity Verified
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Feb 21, 2012

Dear friends

Please forgive for writing in English in this forum, unfortunately my knowledge of your language is very limited...

I need to know, what kind of quotes are correct for Portuguese?
Do you set a space between a number and measuring unit? If the unit is degrees Centigrade, is there a space too (like in 25 °C)?
Are there any reasons for using duplicate spaces in your language?

Many thanks and Obrigado
Jerzy


 

Ivan Rocha, CT
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Reply Feb 21, 2012

Jerzy,

a) If you are referring to quotation marks, we use the double quotes (""), except when we are dealing with quotes within other quotes (in which case the double quotes are used outside, and the single quotes inside).

b) Yes, there is a space between the number and the ºC (e.g.: "today we are going to reach 25 ºC").

c) There are no double spaces in Portuguese.

Best wishes,

Ivan


 

Jerzy Czopik  Identity Verified
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Indeed I was asking for quotation marks Feb 21, 2012

So you use the straight quotation marks, which are directly inserted from the keyboard?
Not such as “ or ”?


 

Ivan Rocha, CT
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Quotation marks Feb 21, 2012

No, we use the slanted ones (I just assumed my keyboard would convert them, but it did not), not the straight ones from my previous post.

Please note, however, that there are no spaces between quotation marks and the words they quote (unlike what happens in French).


 

Jerzy Czopik  Identity Verified
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Thanks Feb 22, 2012

So the opening one will be ALT+0147 (“) and the closing one ALT+148 (”)
And the words in quote look like this “Quoted sentence”
Thanks


 

João Brogueira  Identity Verified
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Quotation marks Feb 25, 2012

Jerzy Czopik wrote:

So the opening one will be ALT+0147 (“) and the closing one ALT+148 (”)
And the words in quote look like this “Quoted sentence”
Thanks


For Portuguese (Portugal), you can use straight quotes (""), curly quotes (“”) like the above or French quotes («»). It's pretty much an aesthetic choice.

Should you need to quote text inside another quotation, you need to use a different set of quotation marks, e.g.: «The Directive clearly states that “fishing is forbidden” in ponds». In this case, single quotes may also be used.

JB


 

José Henrique Lamensdorf  Identity Verified
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I thought about it... Feb 25, 2012

João Brogueira wrote:

Jerzy Czopik wrote:

So the opening one will be ALT+0147 (“) and the closing one ALT+148 (”)
And the words in quote look like this “Quoted sentence”
Thanks


For Portuguese (Portugal), you can use straight quotes (""), curly quotes (“”) like the above or French quotes («»). It's pretty much an aesthetic choice.

Should you need to quote text inside another quotation, you need to use a different set of quotation marks, e.g.: «The Directive clearly states that “fishing is forbidden” in ponds». In this case, single quotes may also be used.

JB


Brazil tends to draw/translate words from English, while Portugal tends to take/adapt them from French. In computer terms this becomes quite obvious:
EN / PT-BR / FR / PT-PT
mouse / mouse / souris / rato
screen / tela / écran / ecrã
file / arquivo / fichier / ficheiro

Brazil uses both straight and curly quotes, but never (at least for the last 50 years or so - it used before) French quotes, «/». For quotes within quotes, while single quotes are acceptable, italics - when possible - are preferred.


 

Jerzy Czopik  Identity Verified
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Obrigado Feb 25, 2012

dear friends, thanksicon_smile.gif

 


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