Is there way of inserting a quote at the start and end into a string variable?

I have this variable say:

string="desktop/first folder"

If I echo this, it will display:

desktop/first folder

I need the string to be stored as:

"desktop/first folder"

If you don't do variable substitution, using single quotes as delimiters, so you can use double quotes in your string:

string='"desktop/first folder"'

In bash you can use \ as an escape character what whatever follows it. In your case, use it like this:

string="\"desktop/first folder\""

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