Hello everyone! I'm hoping you can help me. I was always taught to use two quotation marks when someone speaks. Example, below: "Today we're going to town," said Mom. but when I read novels, they often put it like this 'Today, we're going to town,' said Mom. Why only one quotation mark? I'm really baffled by this. Another thing I'm learning is that SAID is best to carry dialogue. After years of teachers telling me "said" is boring. Use other words like exclaimed, or replied, etc.