Authors often use quotation marks when nothing is being quoted. The marks may indicate irony, skepticism, derision—as such, they are sometimes called scare quotes.
Behind the Style Blog
The new MLA Handbook recommends including URLs in works-cited-list entries for online works, but it also notes their drawbacks . . .
Learn how to handle titles with tricky punctuation.
Many writers and even editors have trouble deciding where to place the commas in these kinds of sentences.
Learn how to document legal works in MLA style with our comprehensive guidelines . . .
Writers should generally not use a comma to connect two independent clauses, and editors of fiction and nonfiction should be alert for them.
Some commas are needed to prevent misreading, some are harmful, and others are optional . . .
Writing or revising a paper? Get tips on building signposts to help articulate the structure of your argument . . .
If you habitually bury the lede in your sentences, you may eventually test the patience of your readers . . .
I’m not going to tell you to cut adverbs out of your prose entirely. Instead, I’m going to review a particular category of adverbs that you can easily avoid and thereby tighten your prose . . .