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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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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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What is the origin of the phrase “History teaches, never trust a Cecil”?

I've come across the phrase "History teaches, never trust a Cecil!" in different places (among others, in the Netflix series "The Crown" with regards to Lord Salisbury). While the sentiment is easy ...
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Some confusion about hyphenated-compound-words and quotations

How should I punctuate the following: You-Know-Who or “You know who”? Should I use hyphens to compound words e.g. if I'm writing long-and-complex sentences? Or should I use quotation marks when I'm ...
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What does the quoted section in someone’s name mean?

As in the title, what does a quoted section in a name mean? Names like John “James” Doe (not someone’s name)
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Can verbs such as “inquired” and “encouraged” be used for quotations?

Notice this example sentence: “What’s the matter?” I inquired. And also see this: “Maybe Dad and Mom will come back tonight,” I encouraged. These verbs in bold are different than said, but can ...
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Why does the multi-paragraph quotation rule exist?

The answer to this question clearly explains the standard rule that when you have multiple quoted paragraphs, each new paragraph starts with an opening quotation mark, but only the final quoted ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 is,” ...
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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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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 confuse ...
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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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Single quotes for single characters and double quotes for double?

I’ve been under the impression that you use single quotation marks for single characters or numerals. Usage: ‘1’ or ‘a’ and not “1” or “a”. (You would double quotation marks for anything longer than ...
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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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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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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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Placement of question mark when terminal quote has no question mark but sentence does [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Question mark usage/position when sentence ends with a declarative quotation? If I'm quoting something someone said and the quote does not have a question mark, but I want to ...
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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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What does ‘It’s one thing to dance like Fred Astaire, but Ginger Rogers did it backwards’ mean as a metaphor to John Roberts' ruling?

There was the following sentence in June 29 issue of Time magazine titled “Roberts Rules: What the health care decision means for the country” dealing with Chief Justice of Supreme Court, John Roberts’...
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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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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 to ...
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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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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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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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Is it proper to use “it's” as an abbreviation for “it has”?

A recent story in the New York Times quotes somebody as writing: I want the board to hear from Uber employees that it’s [sic] made the wrong decision ... The [sic] here implies that this usage ...
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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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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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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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Rules for three sets of quotation marks [duplicate]

What rules are there for when you have three sets of quotation marks? “I saw that Julia was really annoyed when Mike answered, “‘Blade Runner,’”” John said. (‘Blade Runner’ in singles. Mike answered ...