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Koh Elaine
Posted: Wednesday, July 10, 2019 6:25:25 AM
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"Merdeka" means freedom and independence.

Is it necessary to enclose quotation marks around "freedom and independence"?

Thanks.
towan52
Posted: Wednesday, July 10, 2019 9:31:14 AM

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I don't believe so.
srirr
Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2019 1:48:35 AM

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I too don't think so.
You use inverted commas to donate a quotation or to emphasize/ distinguish some phrase. Like in the example, "Merdeka" is not an English word. It needs to be shown as alien. In a plain text (non-formatted) editor, inverted commas serve the purpose. But for 'freedom and independence', no such distinction is needed.

Note that I have put 'freedom and independence' under inverted commas because this phrase is used not for its literal meaning. If there were no inverted commas, the sentence would look like For freedom and independence, no such distinction is needed. That would mean no distinction is required for gaining independence. Eh?
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