The <q> HTML element is used to indicate a short inline quotation within a paragraph or block of text. It is typically used to surround quoted text that is shorter in length and doesn’t require a separate block-level element like <blockquote>.

Here’s an example of how to use the <q> element:

<p>The author said, <q>Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.</q></p>

In this example, the <q> element is used to surround the quoted text “Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” The quotation is inline with the surrounding text and is rendered with quotation marks or other styling, depending on the browser and CSS applied.

By default, the <q> element renders the quotation marks surrounding the quoted text. However, you can override the default styling using CSS to customize the appearance of the quotation marks or apply additional styling.

It’s important to note that the <q> element is meant for shorter quotations. If you have a longer quotation or a block of quoted text, it is recommended to use the <blockquote> element instead.