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Quotation ascribed to Benjamin Franklin, “We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to remain stupid.”

There is a cottage industry in the United States of manufacturing quotations and ascribing them to the American Founding Fathers. A recent one, "We are all born ignorant, but one must work hard to ...
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Quotation near full stop

What is the correct way to quote this piece of text? The issues here are the initial letter which is now capitalized (I believe that is correct) and the omission of a few words near the period. Should ...
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Preposition with 'line' when quoting from a text (prose or poetry) with numbered lines? [duplicate]

When referring to a line or lines in/from (?) a text with numbered lines, is it "the idea expressed in line 25 is such and such"; "in line 25, the word 'lisp' is a clear indication that…" or "the ...
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Are brackets greedy?

I have the sentence fragment: each in itself for achieving this pure abstraction of being-for-itself and I'd like to incorporate it into my paper so that the quotation reads as follows: They ...
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How to quote a book that has a quote in the text that I'm quoting?

I'm trying to quote this in my paper: despite the universal desire to return to "normal," things changed How would I quote this in MLA? Would I substitute the double quotations for single, or ...
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Smileys inside or outside quotation marks?

Should smiley be merged into quotation marks as if it were punctuation? I don't like to "move it, move it ;-)." cf. Did she say "you shall?" Or be kept outside quotation marks, as a word? ...
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Can “lackadaisical” be used in literature?

Has lackadaisical ever been used in literary works? My Oxford Dictionary of Quotations has no quotation that includes this word. Who first used lackadaisical in the 1760s as the OED claims?
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APA 6th Edition - Quoting [closed]

The whole quote is: "We children didn’t quite fathom the significance of what happened on 27 May 1967. I do remember the shrieks of joy after the result was announced, laughter and a mass of tears. ...
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Using a quote from someone other than the original article author

I am writing a synthesis paper and have ran across a couple quotes using in an article that I will be contrasting with another article. In the article written by Esther Shein she includes the quote ...
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How to quote a paragraph with a missing sentence?

How do I indicate that I've removed an entire sentence from a quoted paragraph? Consider the example paragraph below - if I want to quote this paragraph without the emboldened sentence, how might I do ...
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Integrating quotes from a short story into an essay for better flow

I am working on Freytag Pyramid and wish to integrate a direct quote from the text with my sentences. Example Original Text: There was a white horse spreading its wings of fury over the horizon. ...
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Is there a term for an offset quote that is only quoting the body of the text?

A trend in many magazine-style articles is to take a quote from the body of the article and place it in its own blockquote or other special formatting, then place it somewhere irrelevant in the flow ...
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What does “We don't see things as they are – we see them as we are” mean?

Can someone please explain the meaning of the quotation "We don't see things as they are – we see them as we are."?
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How to cite a play with no line numbers? [closed]

First off, this may not be an appropriate question for this site. I'm not sure. But I'm kind of in a hole and I'd really appreciate some help with this. I need to integrate a quotation from A Raisin ...
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Displaying a Quote

What is the proper way to display a quote? Is it different when you provide a written quotation versus something someone said? Some variation examples I see: "The ancestor to every action is a ...
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Quoting non-contiguous paragraphs [duplicate]

How do I quote two non-contiguous paragraphs from a longer article? I want to be clear that they're non-contiguous, but not have an editorial interlude between them. Here's an example quotation from ...
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Commas with quotes [duplicate]

I read the following sentence1: He rallied the Senate with the plea, “It’s time to change the Senate before this institution becomes obsolete.” I’m wondering whether a comma should be placed ...
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Is there a comma needed before quotation?

Sam developed an annual sweepstakes promotion entitled “The Free Gas Punt Return Game”. Do I need a comma after entitled or not?
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Punctuation for quote reversal

Is there any punctuation--obviously not standard--for when you rearrange a quotation? It would be similar to an ellipsis, but indicate movement rather than elision. For example, you are given the ...
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Quoting: original vs different source?

On my bag, I have a quote: Be not inhospitable to strangers lest they be angels in disguise. I thought the quote was from Shakespeare on my bag. However, it is also a quote from the bible. If I ...
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Comma after quotation in parentheses [duplicate]

I have a quote in parentheses, and I was wondering whether the comma should go inside the quotation marks or after the closing parenthesis: Now, with weapons like Laser Lipstick (“gives a whole ...
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How to use [sic] at the end of a quote?

The OpenStreetMap Sign Up page advises new users on its password policy: With OpenID a password is not required, but some extra tools or server [sic] may still need one. I've added [sic] ...
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How do you insert a complete sentence quote into the middle of a sentence before a comma?

First off, I do not believe this question is a duplicate of this one: What is the correct punctuation when quoting a question in the middle of a larger sentence? I want to know how to insert a ...
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Commas and Partial Quotations

What are the rules for comma placement when it comes to partial quotes? My intuition is that a comma should be placed outside of the quotations marks if the comma is related to the overall structure ...
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Proper way to quote the end of a saying (ellipsis use and capitalization)

The quote goes: So next time someones complains that you have made a mistake, tell them that may be a good thing, because without imperfection, neither you nor I would exist. I only want the ...
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Whence “emphasis mine”?

Writers often highlight part of a quotation to emphasize the point they're making. They use a variety of phrases to indicate that the emphasis did not appear in the original text. In order of current ...
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Should I replace “me” and “I” with “he” or “she” when quoting?

If I quote someone saying "me" or "I", when I quote them should I replace them with "he" or "she"? For example, if someone says: I went to the movies. Should I quote that like this: He/she ...
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“All that glitters” or “Not all that glitters”?

In the phrase finder (http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/all-that-glitters-is-not-gold.html) I found the "correct" syntax of the saying: "All that glitters is not gold," and that's fine. The saying ...
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Punctuating a Question Ending with an Exclamatory Quotation in American Style

I've done quite a bit of looking for some definitive advice on this scenario to no avail, so I turn to you. What is the proper way to punctuate a question ending with an exclamatory quotation, such as ...
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What does “The insolence of wealth will creep out” mean?

Can anyone paraphrase the following statement by Samuel Johnson? The insolence of wealth will creep out.
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Parenthesis and quotations having punctuation before AND after them [closed]

I'll have to come up with some examples to show you my question: I know if a sentence is inside either, the punctuation is inside (I also know I use a lot of comma splices. I think of the way the ...
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Serial commas in quotations

If the publication you are proofing for uses the serial comma, and an essay you're proofing includes a quotation from a biography that does not use a serial comma, is it permissible to silently add ...
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How to quote a list from a paper? [closed]

I'm writing a paper and I need to quote the following list: Step1: Compute the center of each triangle and the correspondences between the center and three vertexes of the triangle; Step2: Set up ...
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How do you use ellipses in conjunction with semicolons in MLA quoting? [closed]

Here is a line of text from Willa Cather’s My Ántonia. There was only—spring itself; the throb of it, the light restlessness... I wish to end the quote at the semicolon. Eg: "There was ...
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Why does the multi-paragraph quotation rule exist?

The answer to this question clearly explains the standard rule that when you have multiple quoted paragraphs, each new paragraph starts with an opening quotation mark, but only the final quoted ...
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What is the meaning of the quotation below?

“Perfection is a trifle dull. It is not the least of life’s ironies that this, which we all aim at, is better not quite achieved.” — W. Somerset Maugham
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Exclamation mark at the end of a quote and end of a sentence [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: When should end punctuation go inside quotes? Is the grammar at the end of the following sentence correct? If not, what should it be? I was told in no uncertain ...
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Breaking comma rules to emphasize a pause in a character quote or elsewhere

My wife is writing a book, and just got a draft back from an editor. The editor noted extra commas in numerous sentences like this: He looked at her closely, but all she said was, "I am truly ...
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How to punctuate a quote within a quote? [duplicate]

Duplicate of: What’s the difference between using single and double quotation marks/inverted commas? How are embedded quotations used? And: When should end punctuation go inside quotes? ...
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“He said, X” vs. “X, he said” vs. “X, said he”

I’ve long wondered how in reported speech, what sort of change in nuance is produced by switching around the normal order of the subject (that is, the speaker) and the “speech-related” verb (such as ...
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Cleaning up / formatting verbatim quotations

Frequently, I have situations where I am in need of the ability to quote an individual who has written something verbatim that has some type of grammatical error. Although I would like to write it ...
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Idiom for opportunistically exploiting a situation to one's advantage

I was wondering what various figures of speech could be used to describe a situation where somebody exploits a situation in order to push their own agenda. For example in Persian we have 'Catching a ...
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When should you use italics to reference an example and when should it be inside apostrophes?

When should you use italics to reference an example or quote, and when should it be inside apostrophes instead? (I am trying to tighten up here. I write in advertising and we break so many rules with ...
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Punctuation with block-quotes

How do I properly place a comma after a big block-quote? Let's say I have a sentence like this: The author states: < a big quote goes here. >, therefore... Since my sentence continues after ...
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Why is there a [sic] in this passage?

The following passage comes from The American Journey (sixth edition), page 156. It's a quote of George F. Regas, addressing President George W. Bush (not in person). Notice the [sic] after the word ...
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“What happens to the comma after an inquiring/exclaiming quotation?”, he wondered, as he posted to StackExchange [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How should I punctuate around quotes? Forgive me for the creative title, because I'm not sure how else to ask this. If you have a sentence like this... "What's ...
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Word for using quotation as part of sentence

Is there a word to describe the co-opting of a well-known phrase in the course of regular conversation or writing? For example, a sentence regarding death might refer to "shaking off the mortal coil" ...
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Single quotes for single characters and double quotes for double?

I’ve been under the impression that you use single quotation marks for single characters or numerals. Usage: ‘1’ or ‘a’ and not “1” or “a”. (You would double quotation marks for anything longer than ...
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Punctuation following “along the lines of ”

When the phrase “along the lines of” introduces an indirect quote, what punctuation, if any, is used? This is the original sentence that brought up the issue: I heard replies along the lines of ...
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Is there a difference between Quotes and Italics? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What is the best way to mention a word: italics, quotes, or single-quotes (apostrophes)? Would it make a difference whether I put a word in quotes or in italics? Is ...