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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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Using quotes when not directly quoting

When writing, for example, “The answer to this question has to be ‘yes’.” However, quotes are used for the first part of the sentence, thus making “yes” surrounded by double quotes (if correct.) ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Punctuation for referring to a question

Are either of these incorrect or nonstandard ways 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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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 ...
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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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Did I “say” that online, or did I “write” it? [closed]

When we refer to something someone else has previously spoken or written, we usually differentiate between the spoken and written word with the verb introducing the quote or paraphrase: In his ...
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Proper punctuation and quotation marks when 2 separate quotations [duplicate]

“It doesn’t have to be a huge event to make a difference, Jones said. “Any kind of activity-related event that can include a fundraising component can be directed toward charity.”
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Ending a quotation in a comma?

Is it correct to have a comma before the closing quotation marks in a case like the following? “The combination of wet weather and time of day make this a dangerous stretch of road. Drivers have ...
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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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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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Quotations and Square Brackets

I have a question. If I am quoting a quote which has square brackets in it already, but I want to add square brackets because there are spelling mistakes so I want to add "[sic]". Do I just add it to ...
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«Said I» vs «I said»

Are «said I» and «I said» interchangeable? «Said I» is pretty uncommon, or so I thought. The sentence in question looks like so: «"It's not going to be your way," — said I.» Or it could be «"It's not ...
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Use of [sic] when correcting factual errors in reprinted work

I have had to write a review of an interview, as the article's author has not given me permission to fully reprint it (I did ask, they didn't respond). I have instead quoted from the article and ...
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When should the words yes and no be in quotations? [duplicate]

I am wondering how yes and no should be quoted when transcribing. A few examples: 1-Is that no you don't know, or no you weren't there?/Is that "no" you don't know, or "no" you weren't there? (I ...
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“[…] up with which I will not put.”

Okay, I'm probably being a bit slow here, but I don't quite understand this story: Supposedly an editor had clumsily rearranged one of Churchill’s sentences to avoid ending it in a preposition, ...
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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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Should I fix typos/grammatical errors in quotation?

When writing papers, I meet typos/grammatical errors in references now and then. Should I correct them, or leave them as they are?
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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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Quoting a question at the end of a sentence which is itself a question

If my sentence is a question and ends with a quote of a question, where exactly do I put a question mark? Did she ask, "Is it raining"? Did she ask, "Is it raining?"? Did she ask, "Is it ...
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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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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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When quoting a quotation, how do you handle the double quotes?

Assume there is original source text: This restaurant is amazing with "delicious lasagna" and great service. Make sure you go 6-7pm for the quietest times. I want to quote "delicious lasagna" ...
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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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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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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 ...