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My name is Julien. It is my first post in this forum. Greets to everyone here. I have a question concerning British English punctuation and usage.

In the British English-related Gengo guideline, it is stated that we should use single quotes for in-text citation as it is the usage in UK; however, i noticed that a newspaper like The Guardian, which is obviously a British publication, seems to not comply with this UK's usage. The following excerpt is from one of their today's newsletter articles:

Google has patented a new “sticky” technology to protect pedestrians if – or when – they get struck by the company’s self-driving cars.

 The patent, which was granted on 17 May, is for a sticky adhesive layer on the front end of a vehicle, which would aim to reduce the damage caused when a pedestrian hit by a car is      flung into other vehicles or scenery.

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    matt

    I noticed the same! Butcher's copy-editing mentions that single quotes are normally used. The Guardian seems to be a special case, and that's all I'll say about it. Both the Financial Times and the Telegraph use single quotation marks. The Economist uses double quotation marks but otherwise maintains the other aspects of British quotation style (e.g., the placement of periods).

    Double quotes do have an advantage, however. In titles that contain an apostrophe, think about the confusion that could happen!

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