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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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Should a sentence have a comma before the quotation when the quotation is given an indefinite article?

See the following: I heard the man shout out a, “Good luck, lad!” Should there be a comma after a? Thanks!
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How should the following be punctuated and capitalized?

I'm wondering how to punctuate and capitalize the following: “My stallion—” I was gasping for breath. “He’s gone!” Should it instead be as below? “My stallion—” I was gasping for breath, “—he’s ...
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When a quotation is interrupted by someone finishing the quotation's sentence, should the second part be capitalized?

My question has to do with the following example: “And remember to turn off the stove after using it in the mornings, and—” “Put up all the ingredients,” I finished for my mother with a ...
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Are there other constructs such as “[sic]” in quotations or otherwise?

In quotations and other similar contexts, I often see [sic] included used to mean I am quoting this verbatim, they made a mistake here. I am not sure if there is a general category for this kind of a ...
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Quotations and punctuation [duplicate]

The common usage I have been exposed to is that punctuation should only be in a quotation if it’s contained in the original source. So what if your quotation ends in a period and your quotation is ...
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Do I need to write [sic] when including a quotation with a number less than 10 that isn't written out?

I know you have to write out numbers less than 10. However, if you're quoting a source that doesn't do so, do you need to write [sic] after each number less than 10 that isn't written out? For ...
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Colon or comma for direct quotations?

I've seen two ways to introduce direction quotations: 1) The host made an announcement, "You are all staying for dinner." 2) The host made an announcement: "You are all staying for dinner." Is one ...
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Quotation and Citation

I have a sentence directly copied from a source to a paper. This sentence is cited but not quoted. In this point, it is regarded as plagiarism. Can we say plagiarism for the opposite case: Directly ...
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Quotes starting with `` and ending with ''

I have seen many sentences/words in quotes like ``this'' instead of "this". Here's one from K&R: In 1983, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) established a committee whose goal was ...
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Quotations or no quotations?

Should "Happy Birthday" or "Happy Anniversary" written on a cake or card be in quotations or is both with or without correct?
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Punctuation for imagined/interpreted content in narrative

He had a look that said "I hate you". He had a look that said 'I hate you'. He had a look that said, "I hate you". He had a look that said, 'I hate you'. He had a look that said "I hate you." He had a ...
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How do you quote a quotation that itself has mismatched quotes?

Suppose that Eve said (in spoken English) An apple a day keeps the doctor away, unquote. Also isn't Eve such a great person? Like my mom always said quote Eve is the best person ever, much ...
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Is the folllowing sentence correctly punctuated?

Could someone please tell me if I've correctly punctuated the following sentence (specifically, if I've correctly used the dash and commas highlighted bloew)? Also, is the period at the end of the ...
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Punctuation within a sentence interrupted by a quote with multiple sentences

Is the comma after the last sentence in the quote correct? This is for a verbatim transcript. If someone comes in and says, “Look, I need a new part. It’s broken. I’ve got someone here that’s ...
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Can a punctuation mark at the end of a quote be changed to a period to end a sentence?

For example, say I wanted to quote the following line of poetry: "To cloke your weariness;" The line ends in a semicolon. However, what would I do if I wanted to quote it at the end of a sentence? ...
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quotation mark to indicate possession after quotation marks indicating the title of a short story

Would it be wrong to write, for example: "Slight Rebellion Off Madison" 's characters, plot, and themes develop in the same way as chapter 17 of Catcher in the Rye, only its point of view is ...
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In the case of multiple successive quotes, does punctuation go inside or outside quotes?

She told me "take me out," "let's travel together," and "I love ice cream." or She told me "take me out", "let's travel together", and "I love ice cream". I always assumed that commas go inside ...
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How to handle a single quote STARTING a quotation?

I've done some research, both on this SE and off, but I can't find an answer to my unique problem. So I apologize in advance if this is a duplicate and I just missed something. I'm dealing with a ...
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Any existentialist quotes for the acceptance that life is difficult and meaningless, but we must persevere? [closed]

I'm looking for a quote that illustrates the difficulty of life but reassures that the difficulty will come to pass as long as we have the willpower. Particularly, maybe something slightly ...
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Why are there multiple quotation marks in a long quote?

I came across an issue when reading Dr Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas! (Image via Daily Nutmeg) And the more the Grinch thought of this Who-Christmas-Sing, The more the Grinch thought, "...
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I need help with quotations and punctuation [duplicate]

How do I punctuate when using quotes? “There were more?” Asked Wendy. or; "There were more," asked Wendy? "He was amazing!" Exclaimed Billy. or; "He was amazing," exclaimed Billy!
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Short quotation over two paragraphs

If I am quoting two short consecutive sentences, but the first sentence is the last of a paragraph and the second sentence is the first sentence of the following paragraph, how do I show this? Must I ...
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A Question Regarding the Use of a Comma for a Quoted Question [closed]

I'd like to ask for the community's opinion regarding the correct usage of a comma for a quoted question. In a situation such as this, which of the two following sentences would be correct? The ...
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How do I double quotation marks? [duplicate]

Suppose I want to quote a text that begin with a word embedded within quotation marks. Let the text e.g. be: "House" is a four letter word. Should my quotation of it be ""House" is a four letter word."...
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How to indicate your source of information is Amazon's “Alexa”? [closed]

Is there a proper or technical way, in writing, to indicate your source of information is Alexa or some other AI (artificial intelligence)? By this I don't mean that I have asked Alexa a factual ...
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What does “[arête]” mean, inside of a quote?

My copy of Xenophon has a sentence that looks like this: ...because she alone makes the development of moral excellence [arête] a public duty. (italics are in the quote itself; "she" refers to ...
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When Several Quotes require [sic]

I have a research paper I'm writing on nutrition and weight loss. I've consulted several dietitians and nutritionists on 6 separate health-related questions and have all of their responses readily ...
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Linking statements ending in question or exclamation marks in quotes [duplicate]

Consider this: He began asking her rhetorical questions like "How dare you?", "How could you?", and "How can you think such a thing?", but she did not reply. How can I write the above sentence ...
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Quotation marks for nicknames

E.g. "I get called Hitler in school." or "I get called 'Hitler' in school."? Would quotation marks be needed for 'Hitler'? What if it was an uncommon or nonsensical word like 'A123' or 'Gaylord'. ...
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Fullstop in a full quoted sentence in the middle of another sentence?

E.g., The statement made that "Apples are red." is wrong. Should it be a comma instead e.g., 'The statement made that "Apples are red," is wrong.'?
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As a nurse Jane Doe once said / As nurse Jane Doe once said? [closed]

I am having difficulties deciding whether to use an indefinite article when quoting a person with their job mentioned as per the title. As nurse Jane Doe once said: ... or As a nurse Jane Doe once ...
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What if there is an apostrophe in a quote, and that quote is in a quote? [duplicate]

I’m writing a passage with quotes from a book, but that quote has an apostrophe. What do I do if the situation is this?: “Yes, yes, I’ll tell you,” said John. Around that should be another pair of ...
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How to properly list quotes in a sentence

For a marketing class, I am listing three different slogans a company has. I have rewritten this a few times and I can't seem to get it to look correct. My question is should I make it one big quote ...
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A quote within a quote uses single quotes. What about within that? And deeper? [duplicate]

Replacing the unknown quote marks with underscores, let’s say we’re trying to write this: He responds, “Joe said ‘Mark said _I’m not coming._’” One option is to alternate: He responds, “Joe said ‘...
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Punctuating when quoted fragment stands alone as complete sentence

What is the proper punctuation for quoting a fragment of a sentence when the omitted material is from both the beginning and the ending of the original sentence, yet the quoted fragment is still a ...
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How to cite critic reviews in-text but as standalone?

Let me explain after trying to Google, I cannot find information on how to quote a review/testimonial from a critic at a publication outside of the main text. The testimonial/reviews are listed at the ...
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Appropriate way of quoting [duplicate]

When you are quoting someone's assertion, this happens the following way: God answered, "The sun is not appropriated to catch up the moon, nor can night outstrip the day." Notice the comma, ...
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Two Questions: Capitalization After Colon; Syntax and Punctuation [closed]

Before I begin, I just want to mention that my first question is not a duplicate of Should the first word after a colon be capitalized? The accepted answer to the aforementioned query states that “[i]...
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Weird situation - using quotes as nouns and making them plural (APA format)

I'm in a strange situation where I need to take two short phrases and make them into plural nouns. Here's the context: His was the destabilizing blow in a long bombardment of Why Latin?’s and ...
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Can I change the suffix of a work in a direct quote?

Okay so the quote I am using is "... shielding the public from the messy, imprecise consequences of a war—making the coverage incomplete, and even deceptive." Am I able to change shielding to shield? ...
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Quotes inside Quotes [closed]

I've always been taught quotes should go together as in the following example: “I’ll take that as a 'yes,'” he says. However, it sometimes seems to read and flow better as follows: “I’ll take ...
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How to pronounce […]?

When reading aloud a quotation, where part is skipped and replaced by [...], what should I say in place of the [...]?
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What is the origin of “putting someone on”

What is the origin of “putting someone on”? The phrase means The act of deceiving, teasing or misleading someone, especially for amusement. But where could it have come from? It is not recent, ...
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How do I use a quote that was basically made up? [duplicate]

I know the title sounds a bit ridiculous, but that's actually what I'm asking. The sentence in question is as follows: "Well, of course robots don't deserve rights, they're not even living things!",...
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Past perfect in stories

I read the news about Hefner's death and want to understand why past perfect used in the sentence I've marked in bold and caps down below: "But others pointed out that while Hefner launched his ...
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On your opinion what is the meaning of this quote? [closed]

Mental Health is not a destination but a process. It's about how you drive, not where you're going." Noam Shpancer.
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Use or omit ellipsis when using part of a quotation at the start of a sentence?

Full quotation: "I love the president and it's an honour to be here", said Anthony Scaramucci, President Trump's new White House communications director. Example 1 (ellipsis): "...it's an honour to ...
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Open oneself before asking question? [closed]

Si.. How can I phrase or quote the below sentence in a better meaningful way "You have to open up about yourself first (like introduce self or answer the question asked by the other person or to ...
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“Boards are made of wood; they are long and narrow.”

What is the origin of the English phrase "Boards are made of wood; they are long and narrow.", and what is its general connotation? I just ran across this quotation in Edward Everett Hale's The Brick ...
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Editing quotations with square brackets and italics at the same time

I have the following sentence from the Time Magazine, which I use as an example sentence on a flashcard: At its best, Losers is a sluggish, stream-of-concupiscence exposition of what Sartre ...