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How are bracket ellipsis […] used in quotations?

I see this type of syntax often, but I do not know how, when or where they should be used. "It is the case that [...] the inconvenience is altogether imaginary." Is it okay to use if I need to ...
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How would you properly show deletion of unnecessary text in a quote?

I assumed you would use dots to show left-out unnecessary text in a quote, such as in The definition of used oil is "oil ... that is xyz". The deleted portion is non-useful text that would ...
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Quotations that skip paragraphs

This is a problem that has long troubled me. Imagine that I have a block of prose organized in three paragraphs. I want to construct a single quotation that contains only the first and third ...
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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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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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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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Meaning of “Monkey still working let Baboon wait small”

From Foreign Policy: As I noted in my piece, the president has made the colloquial phrase, "Monkey still working, let baboon wait small" her campaign slogan. It's an appeal to Liberian voters ...
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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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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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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? For example: This Business of Printing; which I am heartily tired of, and repent I e’er attempted....  —John ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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If you're using a quote with a period but do not want to end the sentence, do you keep the period?

For example. If I want to quote a passage from a writing, that says The cake is not a lie. and my sentence is: The book by author states that "The cake is not a lie." however studies show ...
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Quotes and Punctuation [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is it ever acceptable for a period to come after a quote at the end of a sentence? How should I punctuate around quotes? I graduated with an English Major from Radford ...
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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 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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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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Should I fix typos/grammatical errors in quotation?

When writing papers, I meet typos/grammatical errors in quotations now and then. Should I correct them, or leave them as they are?
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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?"