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My son wrote the following sentence in a personal narrative about a canoe trip:

The gentle “whoosh, whoosh” of the paddles sounded in the quiet air.

 

Does he need the quotes?  If so, should it be set off by commas?

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4 minutes ago, happymainemom said:

I think I have seen italics used more frequently.

 

How does that translate to handwritten cursive?  Maybe I should just inform him of how it is done when typed and be done with it.

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30 minutes ago, Syllieann said:

How does that translate to handwritten cursive?  Maybe I should just inform him of how it is done when typed and be done with it.

When writing by hand, underlining text indicates italics; that is, if a handwritten or typed manuscript were sent to a printer (an actual printer, you know, not that thing that sits on your desk), any text that should be italicized would be underlined, and the printer would choose an italics typeface.

In today's world, if your son were writing this in Microsoft Word or other word processing program, he would select the text and italicize it.

But since he is writing by hand, and the manuscript isn't going to a printer, I would just have him use quotes, no commas before it. ?

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