Questions about quotations, a group of words taken from a text or speech and repeated by someone other than the original author or speaker.

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How to quote a quote with added words

The original text in the source is as follows: "there is a psychological need for... [a] sense-making narrative" (Rosen 2008: xix). I would like to quote this line in a paper I'm writing. Do I ...
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Usage of [sic] in a sentence with odd words

If you are quoting a sentence which includes a word such as staggerin' instead of staggering, would you insert "[sic]" to show that the word comes directly from the text? ex: would it be a) "She was ...
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Using a short quote at the beginning of a chapter

I want to use a short quote as an opener to a chapter in a university homework. Is there a literary term for this? How would I typeset the proverb shown most correctly for American English? ...
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Should I use quotation marks here?

I am writing a review of a French film named Les Choristes. I want to describe the troubled children in the film in this way "Those students are experts at defying teachers, they are the inventors of ...
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Position of question mark after a quotation (that is not itself a question) and a citation [duplicate]

In British English, where should one place the question mark in the following sentence? Was it true that "the food was all gone" (Bloggs, 2013, p. 287) Inside the quotation marks, after them, or ...
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Quotes, Italics, or Nothing? Introducing the concept of a type of list

In the following excerpt, the author is attempting to convey the need for people to create an exhaustive list of their needs and wants. He's calling this a "needs and wants" list. Based on what I've ...
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Inserting Commas Into Quotations [closed]

I am currently writing my English coursework to hand in tomorrow and would very much appreciate some quick help. I would like to know whether I should insert commas into a quotation to make it read ...
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Should I quote this like a word or a quotation?

When quoting a word, you don't need the extra capitalization or comma that comes with quoting speech. For example, She says "vacation" is a word for going away and never coming back. I need some ...
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Quoting text that omits Oxford commas in a paper that includes Oxford commas

I'm writing a paper, and I quote several lists from a source that doesn't use Oxford commas. Sic seems way too strong for the situation, since there's no real error in the quotes, just a different ...
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direct quote and adding a remark

I am currently writing an academic text and need to directly quote/cite text from a paper. What is best practice when I need to add a remark/note to the quote? For instance, I would do it like this: ...
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Should a colon be used to introduce a quote? [duplicate]

Doing some editing and came across a sentence in which a colon is used to introduce a quote. Is the colon justified in this case? SENTENCE ENDS: ...wearing a T-shirt that says: "When the going ...
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Use of quotation marks allowed for made-up sentence in brochure?

Say, I wanted to make a flyer about a project that was carried out, and I wanted to make a statement stand out, is it ethical to use quotation marks around a statement that actually wasn't said by ...
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Common rules for punctuating dialogue in American English [closed]

What are some common rules for punctuating dialogue in American English?
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Having a Run-on Sentence Inside of Quotation Marks

I have a sentence that says this, "'They probably want us, let’s get out of here,' Jake said to Adam." In a situation like this, is using correct grammar necessary? Do I have to say, "'They probably ...
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Quotation as a part of the sentence

Suppose there is a study program called "3-year program in Wizwoz". Is it possible to write a sentence such as I am applying for a position in the "3-year program Wizwoz" starting in February ...
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What is it called when you change a well known quote to suit your subject? [duplicate]

For example, for the original quote we shall use, "One swallow does not a summer make". If someone were to say "One good quote does not a philosopher make" (No dig at Aristotle intended...), or "A ...
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How to properly format a list of quotes

I have an article that contains a list of negative responses to a change in design for a milk jug. I want to use their feedback as a way to enforce my point that people don't like change. I am not a ...
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What is considered “best practice” when making a quote memorable?

So I have this quote I'm working on: Information has moved from the tip of the tongue to the tip of the fingers. There is an alternate version I've made that reads as follows: Information ...
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What is the meaning of this quote as it applies to Native Americans? [closed]

Here is the quote: The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.
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Same speaker, multiple paragraphs, interrupted by narration

I know that if Alice talks for more than one paragraph, I should only close the quotation marks at the end of the last paragraph. "Blah blah blah. "Blah blah." I also know that if there's ...
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Standard Quotation Format in MLA [closed]

If I were to have a quote and there were a contraction in it, would I need to put brackets around the de-contracted word or can I just de-contract it. For example: He said, "I'll go to the store ...
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Understanding these quotation marks

Eggleston’s appearance coincides with a moment when courts and Republicans have heightened their criticisms of White House legal actions. Eggleston’s appearance put him in the rare position of ...
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How would I use ellipses if I'm quoting some of a book?

The whole passage: The most alarming of all man's assaults upon the environment is the contamination of air, earth, rivers,and sea with dangerous and even lethal materials. This pollution is for ...
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How do I quote a quote that has quotes in it? [duplicate]

The phrase I have to quote is "Did you never hear of the 'Fountain of Youth?' “. First of all, How do I quote this so people know I'm not stealing their work? The sentence I gave is what someone is ...
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Every plagiarism checker that I use, tells me I'm plagiarizing…? [closed]

“Jack was on top of the sow, stabbing downward with his knife… Then Jack found the throat and the hot blood spouted over his hands. The sow collapsed under them and they were heavy and fulfilled upon ...
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In the “Holmby Hall.” or In the “Holmby Hall”. Please note the position of full stop [duplicate]

I am not sure regarding the use of full stop or comma in the case of quotation marks.
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Are periods placed inside quotes, or outside? [duplicate]

If, for example I have this sentence: He started a website, SaveSandy.org, however this website is currently “Under maintenance”. Does the period go on the outside, or the inside of the ...
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How to punctuate two quotes within a sentence

Should I put a period at the end of the first quote within this sentence? We often hear, "That's not me." or "I wasn't raised that way." OR should it read: "That's not me" or "I wasn't ...
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Winston Churchill, John Wooden or anonymous?

Success is never final and failure never fatal. It's courage that counts. This quote has been usually credited to Winston Churchill. [Reference] Q #1: Should it be been usually or usually ...
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I need to know how to use quotation marks within a list [duplicate]

How do I punctuate this? She said, "How many are there?", "What is his name?", and "When can she get there?"
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quotation capitalization and citation [closed]

What is the correct way to cite a quote in the middle of a sentence. This is a sentence containing a quotation, "Some random quotation mid-sentence", mid-sentence. Do you place an in-text citation ...
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should intentionally misspelled words be in quotations?

When we use intentionally misspelled words for effect, should the misspelled word be in quotations?
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Do you know “him?” or Do you know “him”? [duplicate]

Sorry for the bad example, couldn't find a better one.
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What's the message of this Yogi Berra quote?

There are some people who, if they don't already know, you can't tell 'em. - Yogi Berra Does it mean you don't know how good or bad some people are unless you get too close to them? (i.e., you can't ...
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Using bold or italic text in quotes

If the text I am quoting is italicised or bold, does my quote need to include this special font treatment? If I want to emphasise something in the quote, can I make words italic? For example, ...
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But other things being equal, it is better for society that the girl is educated than that she remain/remains ignorant

I found the following sentence in Neil Stephenson's Diamond Age But other things being equal, it is better for society that the girl is educated than that she remain ignorant. (p. 164 in Google ...
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Do page/author in-text citations go at end of quote or end of sentence? [closed]

I was just arguing with my sister about the placement of a citation after a quote if the quote was not at the end of a sentence. I thought it would be like so: According to me,"the citations go ...
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A different translation of a quotation by Mevlânâ Rûmî

Recently I am searching the English translation of the quotation Ne kadar bilirsen bil, söylediklerin karşındakinin anlayabileceği kadardır. which is written in Turkish. The quotation belongs to ...
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Quoting a paper written in a different style

In a paper I am quoting a block of text that contains the phrase "The author however does not believe ..." The copyeditor of my paper inserted comma before and after "however" as this is the journal's ...
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Do I need quote marks when I quote myself?

Hello language lovers, English isn't my first language and I would like to know if I need to use quotation marks when I quote something I said in the past.
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Is it still a metaphor if you say “if X was Y” first? [duplicate]

I was inspired to ask by the famous John Green quote: if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane Is this a metaphor? Without the "if people were rain" it would be, certainly, but ...
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When quoting, what's the difference between “someone says” and “as someone says”?

In formal/academic writing, I see some people start a quote by using "someone says" and others "as someone says...". For example, Toni Morrison argues that "the process of organizing American ...
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How to use question marks in quotations? [duplicate]

My specific problem right now is whether to use "What time is it?" she asked. Or "What time is it," she asked. Or something else. But I find myself having issues with punctuation and ...
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How to indicate elision of a footnote symbol in a quotation

I'm quoting a passage that includes a superscript indicating a footnote. I'm not quoting the footnote, however. What do I do? If I leave the superscript in, it's distracting, since it suggests that ...
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punctuation after the word say [duplicate]

How do I punctuate the following sentence in parentheses: (Just stand up and say cancel that.) Do I need to put the "cancel that" in quotes and a comma after say and a capital "C"? It is an ...
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Allusion in the quotes or not?

Between 1980 and 1983, the government had imprisoned and executed so many high-school and college students that we no longer dared to talk politics. [The Iranian National Anthem] had been ...
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Why did Mother Teresa use the phrase “it is a poverty”?

I frequently see bumper stickers with quotations attributed to Mother Teresa that begin with the words "It is a poverty," for example: It is a poverty to decide that a child must die so that ...
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How to treat a certain saying as a noun? i.e. ' “Do you see it”s '

I'm writing a story and in it, everyone sees this mysterious box. So, this crowd of people are: "Exchanging looks and _____________" I want to say they are exchanging "Do you see it?"s Like multiple ...
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How do I quote this? I only want to use the first and last parts

But Dawes, dispatched by patriot leader Dr. Joseph Warren, only carried general news warning Hancock and Adams that the British were likely to make some military move to capture them. Dawes didn't ...
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on a gravestone do quotations written in italics also require quotation marks

When using a renowned poet's quote on a gravestone does one write the quote in italics and also use quotation marks around the quote?