Question about the proper usage of quotation marks
Thread poster: zabrowa

Local time: 22:01
Jan 27, 2009

Here's the phrase in question:

All DSM monitors are plug and play type

Perhaps better:

All DSM monitors are "plug and play"

Or without quotation marks above?

Opinions welcome!

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[Subject edited by staff or moderator 2009-01-27 08:50 GMT]


Marijke Singer  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
Local time: 21:01
Dutch to English
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plug-and-play Jan 27, 2009

I think you can use hyphens here and you do not need quotes: of the plug-and-play type.
See the following link:

[Edited at 2009-01-27 09:16 GMT]


Spencer Allman
United Kingdom
Local time: 21:01
Finnish to English
I agree with the previous entry Jan 27, 2009

single quotation marks are used when an expression is considered by the author to be novel, odd, etc.

double ones are literally quotation marks, recalling the words of someone


Ken Cox  Identity Verified
Local time: 22:01
German to English
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no quotation marks Jan 27, 2009

'plug-and-play' is no longer a novel term, so putting it in quotes would imply that they are not really plug-and-play.

As to whether you need 'type' or 'of the p&p type', it depends on the register (degree of formality) of your text. With a relatively informal register, 'all x are plug-and-play' is fine IMO.


José Henrique Lamensdorf  Identity Verified
Local time: 19:01
English to Portuguese
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Quotation marks in Portuguese Jan 28, 2009

Matt, as I see that you translate into Portuguese, this might be helpful:


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