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Quotation Marks on Names [closed]

American English - If I'm writing about dogs, "The Big One" became "Rowdy." Would I put the names in quotations or only the nickname?
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Can I use a colon to introduce direct speech, if I continue the sentence after the quote? [duplicate]

Can I use a colon to introduce direct speech, if I continue the sentence after the quote? There are a lot of examples on the Internet where a quote stands between an introductory phrase and a clause ...
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Quoting a definition

First, I'd like to inquire as to whether or not it is indeed the case that whether or not to capitalize the first letter is a matter of personal preference when quoting a definition. Secondly, I'd ...
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Can I modify a quote in this manner? If so, what is the correct way to do it?

I am writing an essay on the use of cryptology in the Second World War. I would like to use, "No single operation out of the world war was so dependent on Bletchley as the Normandy landings. ...
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What is proper punctuation & capitalization for the first sentence of a block quotation if only the 2nd half of sentence from the source is included?

Should an ellipsis be used at the beginning of a block quote, in which the first sentence of the multi sentence quote is only quoting half (the 2nd half) of the original quoted sentence? In other ...
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Should I use square brackets around commentary that was inserted into a quote in Chicago style?

Working with a reissue of a text originally published in the '50s that must now conform to Chicago in the new edition. The author used many excerpts, unfaithfully copied and inconsistently attributed, ...
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Do I use a quotation mark at the end of a blockquote of dialogue?

"Sing it to me," said Jane. I answered, "Here goes: Row, row, row your boat Gently down the stream. Merrily, merrily, Merrily, merrily, Life is but a dream. "That was nice," ...
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Quotation marks vs colon & comma vs dash (dialogue)

I'm trying to write the following dialogue in one sentence and here's what I have: If she asks "Why?" tell her "Something came up." If she asks: Why?-tell her: Something came up. ...
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Quotation marks and commas [duplicate]

I know that, when using a period, comma, or exclamation mark with quotation marks, we should generally place the punctuation inside the quotes. Does this hold in general? For example, consider the ...
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Punctuation when completing a quotation yet not concluding the sentence [duplicate]

I recently encountered a quirky situation. A student wrote a sentence, and it was much more technical than this example (actually for a literature review on microbiology), but this examples ...
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When quoting a thought, do I use quotations? [duplicate]

Example. In the story, the protagonist is thinking about Billy putting his hands all over his sister. It descriptive. I had to pick three instances of sensory and i picked that one. If I quote the ...
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Quotation marks or no? [duplicate]

Should quotation marks be used in the following phrase? Have you ever asked yourself, "What will be left behind when I'm gone? How will people remember me?"
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Origin of "another and a greater X"

Having recently happened across the fact that Greek ἄνωθεν anothen means "from above, higher," I'm now constantly when I see it thinking "another and a greater..." But where does ...
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Should I include a period in a quote when the quote is in middle of a sentence?

I have the following sentence: In a disappointed and irritated tone, my mom suddenly said, “I always thought Sue would marry a Chinese person” right in front of him. Do I need to include a period ...
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When should we capitalize the beginning of a quotation?

Basically, I am somewhat confused when a quotation should be capitalized. My understanding is that if a) one quotes the full original sentence and b) this quotation is set off by a colon, semi-colon ...
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Placement order of ellipsis, punctuation, and footnote reference mark in block excerpt

Dealing with an extended block quotation that must retain its internal and original footnote reference markers to sources. The block quotation comprises several paragraphs with a number of ellipses ...
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Comma joining a question and a quoted speech

I find this sentence in a paper: If this coming to awareness is true good luck, why would Shi Tiesheng need designer luck, he asks: “perhaps I’m already the darling of fate?” Apparently, the author ...
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Ellipses variously representing omitted sentences and paragraphs in multi-paragraph excerpt

If midway in a multi-paragraph quotation, a paragraph begins with one or more paragraphs prior (in between) omitted and the line starts mid-sentence, does one ellipsis convey both of these? If one ...
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APA style: Changing direct quote "drew" to "drawing" -- where to place square brackets? [closed]

If the original quote uses "drew" and I want to integrate it into my text by changing it to "drawing", which of the following would I write? "dr[awing]" Or "[...
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Mixing symbols and numerical reference marks

In the case of a block quotation from a secondary source that is required to feature any original citations appearing in that material, would the convention of employing a numerical citation reference ...
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How to punctuate a question about a long, non-interrogative quote?

The quote is, I am going to the store. I will probably buy some food. It's getting late. I want to ask a question about whether someone would have said that. This post is about putting a question ...
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Who is Augustus De Morgan's "New Zealander"?

Augustus De Morgan's A Budget of Paradoxes (1863–1867) contains several references to an apocryphal "New Zealander," without explanation. What's the in-joke here? I grok from context that ...
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Can you use two sets of brackets side-by-side within a quote?

Specifically, I want to use brackets to indicate a break in the quote (with an ellipse in the brackets) as well as brackets to format the quote to fit my sentence. For example, if I were to quote from ...
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If I simultaneously change and omit part of a quote, should I include ellipsis next to the brackets?

I feel it would be easiest to explain using my specific situation as an example. I am writing an essay in which I plan to include the following quotation from a secondary source: The more she talks, ...
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Should a comma appear inside the quotations in these instances?

Here are the sentences: "You have to get up before 8:00 a.m." John said. "We talked about everything--books, cars, girls, movies, etc." John said. The question is whether a comma ...
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Is it OK to add my explanation to a quotation?

If an original quotation includes a word that may cause confusion, is it OK that I write "Blabla (my clarification of the meaning of this word) blabla"? My explanation is not a part of the ...
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Can square brackets be used in the following way even though it is not a direct quote?

I am proofing an article and the author has written this: She states: [A]n ekphrasis can be of any length, of any subject matter, composed in verse or prose, using any verbal techniques, as long as ...
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How would I quote this article from 1887?

Here is the quote I am wondering about: The part that I am unsure about is how to quote the part, basically in the middle of the sentence that says "BY EVERY DEVICE OF BRUTAL INSULT". ...
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Seeking source of phrase: "Money is the winding-sheet of the human race" [closed]

I'm looking for the original source of something similar to this phrase: "Money is the winding-sheet of the human race." I found references to "winding sheet" in a few places: ...
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Use of Single Quotation Marks Before Period/Comma/Question Mark/Exclamation Point [closed]

this is request for clarification on the rules for single quotation marks (apostrophe symbol on keyboard) in novels. My understanding is that single quotation marks, when used to indicate a quote ...
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Would You Capitalize a Part of Sentence That is After a Dialogue? [duplicate]

This something that I'm very confused about... You see, here is one example of the sentence: I ran ahead and said, "I don't want that," and crashed against a wall. In this sentence, you ...
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Punctuating nested quotations

I am editing a novel and I have some questions on how to punctuate nested quotations (or quotations within quotations). Here is the first example: "I kept saying ‘it’s fake’ and ‘he did this’ ...
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What to enclose in square brackets and not?

I use square brackets when I paraphrase, i.e. when I change or add some words to a text I quote. I have noticed an inconsistency in what I enclose in the square brackets and not. Here are two examples....
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Strange usage of quotations in Wikpedia article [closed]

My girlfriend and I were reading a Wikipedia page and were confused as to the usage of quotations in the following Wikipedia article: King Kong Bundy. Specifically, towards the end, the article ...
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Punctuation in dialogue that addressed more than one person

So I got a question regarding comma in speech. Here is an example of the sentence: “Wait a minute.” I hurriedly shouted to stop him and said to her, “Who invited that blockhead to this party?" In ...
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Should you capitalize run-in sentence? [duplicate]

So I come up with a question in narration, and here's a few example: I know from her smile that she was saying "you look like an idiot" to me. She was more likely than not dishing me out ...
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Can you introduce a direct quotation with "that" and not accommodate conjugation and pronouns?

I've heard this many times recently in public, copy-edited discourse, where I don't expect to find grammatical errors, but it doesn't sound right to me. Let's say my mom says to me, "I want you ...
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Proper way to delineate paraphrase in casual (text-based) conversation

First question would be: is it ok to use quotation marks for a paraphrase in casual (text-based) conversation? Here's my current example: A: You were insulting people. B: I'm going to get angry. Deal ...
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How to quote a list (for a scientific thesis)?

I would like to quote a list verbatim. Let's say this is the list, and it's originally from a book: Mathematics is essential in many fields, including natural science, engineering, medicine, finance, ...
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Use of [brackets] in quotation: altering a single letter in a direct quote

We know that brackets, [these], are used for altering or adding extra information to a direct quote. For example, from this answer: These are used to indicate that a direct quote has been edited [or ...
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How would you punctuate someone referring to themselves by a nickname? [duplicate]

Being the "family freeloader," as Tom liked to call himself, he felt as though he had no right to complain. Should the comma come after the quotation marks, or is the current placement ...
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How to use quotation marks when quoting more than one paragraphs?

When quoting on a website like Stack Exchange, we have block quotes: like these but if they aren't available, and I want to use "double quotation marks": "then the quote is enclosed ...
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How to quote material that ends sections with semicolons

I haven't found an answer to this specific scenario: "This is an example of the quoted text from the report where this section ends with a semicolon;" That is also the end of my sentence so ...
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Grammatically wrong quote

As a researcher, I often need to quote from the previous authors. Sometimes, it happens that there are spelling mistakes in the part I want to quote. I treat this as a human error and write the ...
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How to punctuate dialogue/ direct quotations?

I am a little confused on how to punctuate dialogue. Does the speaker always need to be set off by punctuation? For example, which of the following is correct. Albert said "I like to eat cake.&...
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What's a positive phrase to say that I quoted something not word by word

Sometimes I quote in my writing sombody else, but I do not know the exact words the other person had used. What is a concise and positive(*) phrase to describe this? I found different options on the ...
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Where the heck do I put a period in these sentences?

Hullo all, I've been given a doozy of a job that is thick with sentences like this: Student will demonstrate emphasizing with the feelings of another by remembering a similar past experience and ...
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Can you use square brackets to correct punctuation in quotes? [duplicate]

I know why we use square brackets in quotations. But can we also use it for changing punctuation, in order to make it fit better with the sentence? For instance: Original Quote: "We went to the ...
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Pluralizing Quotations [duplicate]

Is there a way to properly pluralize a quotation, if I must and can't just rearrange the sentence to avoid it (or do not wish to rearrange it for artistic purposes)? Example: We exchanged many "...
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Can you add a comma at the end of a line to continue the quotation to the next line?

He leaned down whispering, "Will you stay?"
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