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Is using a comma between this list of quoted text awkward/incorrect? Please help!

Is it correct to list the following examples using quotation marks and a simple space? Or would the example below need a comma in-between? For example, you might choose to say: "Thanks for asking, ...
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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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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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Using quotes when not directly quoting

When writing, for example, “The answer to this question has to be ‘yes’.” However, here quotes are used for the first part of the sentence, thus making “yes” surrounded by double quotes (if ...
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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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If you use semicolons to separate quotes, do you use a period at the end of the sentences within the quotes?

Here is the sentence in question: The worst scenario is when your friend refuses to bear any responsibility for their cancellation: “We weren’t really sure we were meeting tonight, were we?” ; ...
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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?
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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 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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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 to punctuate a quoted question within a question?

How would I punctuate the bold portion? "Who are you?" she asked. "Wait," I replied, "did you just ask me Who are you?" I would use the following: "Wait," I replied, "did you just ask ...
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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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Punctuation for referring to a question

Is either of these an incorrect or nonstandard way to refer to a question mid sentence? Or are both of them okay? Our experiment set out to answer the question; is running fruit under water an ...
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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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How do I quote nonconsecutive lines from a poem?

I'm writing an analysis of a poem and want to quote nonconsecutive lines. Is there a specific way to do this, or would I just use an ellipsis and no slash?
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Capitalizing quotations with initial omission?

Let's say we wanted to omit the first four words of the following quotation. "I think that somehow, we learn who we really are and then live with that decision." ~ Eleanor Roosevelt Generally ...
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Quoting Dialogue from a Book [duplicate]

So, I'm writing a paper on Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk and I have several quotes either with dialogue or quotes in them (depending on the way you look at it) but I don't know if I've correctly ...
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What is the least amount of punctuation required in the following: [closed]

He told them to stop their whining. Is there a way to write the above correctly without using quotation marks?
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What is the best way to mention a word: italics, quotes, or single-quotes (apostrophes)?

If I want to mention the word "furlong", for example, should I use furlong, "furlong", or 'furlong'? Also, am I correct in putting the punctuation outside the quotes?
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If quoting only an extract of dialogue from a fiction book, do you still need to have quotes within quotes? [closed]

I need to show kids how to write a book review. I am writing a book review as an exemplar to show them how it's done. However, I got stuck when it came to citing extracts of dialogue. My question is ...
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Nested quotation with ellipsis

Suppose that Mr. X writes a book that says the following: In his essay on biscuits, Mr. Y says "the crux . . . is the apostrophe" which goes to show that you can't trust everything you hear. ...
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Punctuation of quoted sentence used as a subject of outer sentence

I know the rules of punctuation when interrupting a sentence of dialogue, but how do you punctuate the end of a quoted sentence which is used as the subject of another sentence? He picked up after ...
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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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Quotations and Exclamation Marks

I am writing an email reply and want to confirm if the punctuation below is correct. * In response to your question, if it is available, my answer is “yes!" * EDIT: Also, should the ...
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What's the meaning of 'fan his pantaloons' in this quote?

Consider... the university professor. What is his function? Simply to pass on to fresh generations of numskulls a body of so-called knowledge that is fragmentary, unimportant, and, in large part, ...
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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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What does wishbone mean in this Robert Frost quote?

What does the word wishbone mean in the following Robert Frost quotation? Also what is the message conveyed by the quote? Thanks! "A person will sometimes devote all his life to the development ...
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Proper name for a hypothetical quote or rephrasing

I've seen and used a usage of quote marks that I'm not sure is correct. If it is correct, I'd like to know what it is called. If it is incorrect, I'd like to know how to punctuate it correctly. Here ...
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Comma usage when a question appears at the end of a quotation, at the end of a subordinate clause

What would be the correct way to punctuate the following sentence? Rather than thinking, "am I being a jerk?", Johann cut to the front of the line, as he did every Tuesday.
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Question of including quotation or not.

When I write : My parent never told me that some criminals are being executed, Do I add a quotation mark before some and after executed when I am using "that"?
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Use quotation marks for internal monologue?

In a similar vein to my previous question on styling written quotes, should I use quotation marks for interior monologue in narrative writing? It is common to use italics to denote thoughts: This ...
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Adding an “s” after a quote

I have a basic question, Say I have a quote, "I told you so" Now let's say that quote has been said to me many times. How would I write this in a sentence such as the following? The "I told ...
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Should I use “a” or “an” before particular enquoted text?

In this sentence: ...was a classic example of a "an eye for an eye", should I keep the "a" before the enquoted text or change it to "an"? I think the "a", pronounced as a long vowel, sounds better. ...
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Reading of the article “an” preceding quotations

Speakers often add “quote” or “quote, unquote” before quotations. But when a quotation is preceded by the article “an”, how should that article be pronounced? As I understand, the choice between “a” ...
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Quotation, “Who buys an American book?”

A British writer at the turn of the century (the 19th Century, of course, so call it 1810) asked "Who buys an American book?" He then listed many other "civilized" products not at the time produced ...
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Break quotation in the middle of a sentence with a complete sentence

An announcer is saying, "Please welcome our very own John Smith!" The announcer pauses after "welcome." I'm trying to write it like this: "Please welcome," He pauses for effect. "our very own John ...
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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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How do I quote a person with a nickname?

How would I set up the quotations for this sentence: "The current governor of California is Edmund G. "Jerry" Brown, a Democrat who was inaugurated January 3, 2011" (governors.library.ca.gov). Do I ...
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Quotation marks around first definition of a term and its parenthesized abbreviation [closed]

Suppose a document is using the term "Internet Protocol" for the first time, along with its abbreviation, "IP". For example: Rar rar rar... "Internet Protocol (IP)". Are there any guidelines as ...
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Use quotation marks or italics for written quotes?

In narrative writing, should I use quotation marks or italics when I quote something someone wrote? I would go with italics to differentiate written from spoken quotes: “I know who the killer ...
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Commas when explaining what another sentence “says”

I was editing some text for an open source math book today, and came across this sentence: The previous 8 axioms have basically said "these numbers are all natural numbers." This next and final ...
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Comma or period after break from quotation?

In quotations such as "I'm hungry," he said, "I want to eat dinner." Do you end the word said with a comma or period?
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Appropriate dash to use when attributing a quotation?

If I’m citing a poem or quotation, what kind of dash precedes the author’s name? Example: This Business of Printing; which I am heartily tired of, and repent I e’er attempted. . . .           ...
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Proper notation for citation covering multiple consecutive lines

I am writing corrections for a document. There is one error I have spotted on a line. Then I have recognized that the same error occurs again on the next line as well. Say that the first occurrence ...
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Comma Usage Question [duplicate]

I have the following sentence. Is my commma usage appropriate, or should it be placed within the quotation marks? On cultural awareness day in first grade, when asked what nationality I was, I ...
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President Nixon declared “I am not a crook.” [duplicate]

President Nixon declared, "I am not a crook." President Nixon declared: "I am not a crook." President Nixon declared "I am not a crook." Do you agree that using the comma and the colon ...
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Where do commas fit in with regards to a list of inquiring/exclaiming quotations? [duplicate]

If one were to list several exclamatory quotations within a single sentence, where and how do commas fit in? For instance; "When children are on my lawn I like to yell, "Get away you mangy kids!", ...
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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 ...