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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 you start a new paragraph for a new speaker if both speakers are contained in the same quoted passage?

This manuscript quotes a passage from the Bible that has more than one speaker: Job 1:6–7 says: One day, when the angels had gathered around the Lord, and Satan was there with them, the Lord asked,...
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Using single quotation marks for shorter quotes, and double quotation marks for longer ones?

Background This website has had a fair share of questions on the use of single versus double quotation marks. The most popular question on this topic is a good resource on their use in American and ...
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“If it were not for” and “if it had not been for”: Which is more traditional?

Some use "if it were not for" to mean both the present and the past events, while others use "if it had not been for" for the past. For the former, see Oxford and be (verb) in OALD....
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What was the first use of the saying, “You miss 100% of the shots you don't take”

This is often credited to Wayne Gretzky (see for example Forbes), but I have some serious doubts that this is the original. So, 2 questions here: Was Wayne Gretzky really the first to say this? ...
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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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Plurals of quotations: “Chorus of ‘Hello’s”; “Ooh”s & “Ah”s [duplicate]

Is there a way to pluralize a quotation? E.g., He was greeted with a chorus of “Hello”s. or Her daring earned “Ooh”s & “Ahh”s from around the room. With actual dictionary words (“Hello” in ...
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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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Origins of “You Got This” and “Wait For It”

What are the earliest reference quotes, using the cool modern senses below, for each phrase? ”You got this": Motivational encouragement to instill confidence to overcome some problem/foe. ...
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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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Punctuation before ending a quotation

I was reading an article and came across this sentence: “Much wow, Bercow hid his opposition to Brexit so very well when he was Speaker.,” Mark Wallace, executive editor of ConservativeHome, ...
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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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How do I use a question as an embedded quotation when it also deserves a comma?

So I asked "Shall I do the thing?" and he responded with "Yes." In that sentence, should the ? exist? It kind of feels like it should be a comma, given its place in the sentence. ...
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Should one stick to American style of placing punctuation marks within quotes if one uses the American spelling?

According to Wikipedia, there are two ways to use punctation marks when it comes to quoting. Basically, we have the British style, where punctation marks that don't come from the quoted material "is ...
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Starting a quote with a number

I know you cannot start a sentence with a number written digitally (how do I say this?). For example I could not write: 2013 is almost over! Can a quotation begin with a number, though? For ...
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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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How do you punctuate a sentence with two separate quotations separated by a conjunction?

An example would be the sentence: They were saying, "He's too young to be working so many hours," and, "He should be focusing on his schoolwork." I would think that, because ...
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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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What's the rule for punctuating quoted words or phrases?

Please bear with me as I am not an English expert, only an aspiring amateur! I'm mostly aware of the rules regarding punctuation and quotes. Something like the following sentence makes sense to me: ...
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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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How do you insert a complete sentence quote into the middle of a sentence before a comma?

First off, I do not believe this question is a duplicate of this one: What is the correct punctuation when quoting a question in the middle of a larger sentence? I want to know how to insert a ...
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When was the first print usage of “Chop your own wood and it will warm you twice.”

Henry Ford may have said received credit for this quote. He even had it carved into his mantelpiece in Dearborn Mich but I am not sure if he originated it or borrowed it from somewhere else. Any help ...
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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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Literary device when famous quote altered to change meaning, and still allude to original? [duplicate]

The quote in question is one from Shakespeare's Othello, Iago says “I am not what I am” (I.i.71), it references, but alters the words of God in Exodus 3:14, “I am that/who I am”. Is there a name for ...
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Should I capitalize a word from the middle of a quote if the quote and word occur at the start of the sentence?

I was writing an essay for a school assignment, when I encountered a quote similar the following: Nobody has encountered a black hole, because they're simply too far away to reach. I then needed to ...
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Should Quotation-Ending Period Be Comma Unless Sentence Ending?

Now I'm checking Quotation Marks article by Grammarly. The article, for example, introduces “There was a storm last night,” Paul said. which uses a comma at the end of the quoted sentence, and John ...
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Who first said “We can predict everything, except the future”?

"We can predict everything, except the future" is a quotation that seems to appear everywhere on the Internet. Computerbob has it listed in their favorite quotations list; Anivari.org has it in their ...
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How to read a quotation with omission?

How can you read (orally) a quotation that has some parts omitted with ellipsis points? For example, consider the following sentences: The original sentence: "To read a quotation with omission --...
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Punctuation of two complete quotations introduced by a colon and separated by coordinating conjunction

How would I punctuate between the two quoted sentences when they are introduced by a colon and separated by a coordinating conjunction? Here is the example sentence: The advertisement shall include ...
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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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Who originally said “A film is made/written three times”?

A movie is made three times: it’s made when it’s written, it’s made in production, and it’s made again in post. This is a very well known saying within the film industry, essentially explaining how ...
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Is there a comma needed before quotation?

Sam developed an annual sweepstakes promotion entitled “The Free Gas Punt Return Game”. Do I need a comma after entitled or not?
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What's the reason for using quotations with titles of works?

I have seen that in some styles for documenting sources quotations marks are used for the titles of short works. What's the reason for setting this as the convention? This seems like a use-mention ...
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Should you include the word “the” inside a quoted/emphasized words? [closed]

I'm having a bit of trouble regarding whether to include the word "the" inside a quoted words. For example: None was known when the Great Cataclysm had happened on the other hand. Should I ...
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Plurals and possessives of quoted words [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Marking plural of code words Pluralizing Keywords in Programming Languages After asking a number of questions on StackOverflow, I keep running into some of the same phrasing ...
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“All that glitters” or “Not all that glitters”?

In the phrase finder (http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/all-that-glitters-is-not-gold.html) I found the "correct" syntax of the saying: "All that glitters is not gold," and that'...
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“sic” with “explicitly” (and other adverbs)

I was reading a Wikipedia article on Fermat's principle that quoted some older English text, and one bit confused me: The principle of Fermat, although it was assumed by that mathematician on ...
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“cloud” or “cloud” - is the quotation mark same? [duplicate]

I found two different quotation marks, "cloud" and “cloud”. What's the difference between these? Should I always use "" or “”.
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How can I attribute an entire paragraph to a source?

I need to summarize an interview for a news article across a few sentences in a single paragraph that uses a series of paraphrased remarks. Specifically, I'm looking for examples of clean ways to make ...
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Origin of the quote “Sadness is caused by intelligence”?

In social media (1)(2)(3), I have found: "Sadness is caused by intelligence, the more you understand certain things, the more you wish you didn't understand them." — Charles Bukowski. But yet ...
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Should you use quotation marks when transcribing an interview in which the speakers are identified before each quote?

I apologize if the title is unclear, as I couldn't find a great way to phrase this. What I'm asking is, which of the following would be correct? Interviewer: Good morning, thank you for joining me. ...
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Placement of period in quotation or definition at end of sentence (American rule)

The American rule for sentences ending in a quotation is that the period should be inside the closing quotation mark. The rule for parentheticals at the end of a sentence is that, when the ...
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Giving both page number and number of definition / proposition / theorem / lemma etc [closed]

I imagine this may be an overkill, but when making references to large e.g. mathematical books, I find it helpful to have both the page number and the definition / proposition / theorem / lemma (etc.) ...
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Direct speech sentences without leading “He said,”, “She said,”, etc

Note: The question at He nodded his head yes; she shook her head no does not answer this queestion because that question deals with a gesture that can be expressed fine without direct speech but in ...
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Origin of the saying “God must love the poor because he made so many of them”

The saying "God must love the poor [or the common people or the plain people] because he made so many of them" falls somewhere between a proverb and a famous quotation, but its origins are rather ...
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Should I use [sic] when quoting the KJV 1611?

I am currently working on a project for my Grade 12 religion class, and it requires (surprise, surprise) Biblical quotations. I have decided to use the 1611 KJV Bible and quote verses with very ...

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