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    Punctuation Last One... Possessive of a title in quote marks

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by dillseed, May 4, 2014.

    Again, without recasting, is this the correct way to punctuate the possessive of titles within quote marks? Album titles are italicized; song titles are not.
    I'm aware of ways to work around this but wanted to know whether, punctuation-wise, the following example is technically correct. :)

    "What’s Going On?"’s soulful lyrics were delivered by one of its finest voices.

    Here I used straight quotes around the song title and a single curly quote to denote the possession of the song title.

    This method clearly separates these marks of punctuation for reasons of clarity.

    Does this look okay? Is it technically correct?

    Thank you. :)
     
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    Acocrding to http://www.dailywritingtips.com/quotation-marks-and-apostrophe-s/, the best way to avoid this unsightly construction is to reconstruct the sentence. You could put

    The soulful lyrics of "What's Going On" were delivered by one of its finest voices.

    The Chicago Manual of Style states that "A term enclosed in quotation marks...should never be made into a possessive."
     
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    Thank you.
     
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    i agree with the cms... it's too awkward and there's no good reason why you'd have to do that... so don't...

    and, btw, that's an 'apostrophe' not a 'single curly quote'...

    by 'recasting' do you mean 'rewording?
     

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