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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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What does “Nothing is too good for him to eat.” mean?

I don't exactly know what it means. Which is the correct form below? All are good enough for him to eat. There is not any good thing (or food) for him to eat. From The Forsyte Saga: The Man of ...
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Looking for a term, similar to “epigraph,” meaning a quotation given in order to explain another text

For an English Lit. essay I am writing on TS Eliot and Joyce, I wish to use a Biblical quotation I find useful in illuminating certain themes common to their work (1 Corinthians 13 if anyone is ...
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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 to go backwards when quoting from something?

I am trying to take a quotation from a book (The Awakening if you're interested), but the part I am trying to quote does not well fit my sentence, I am wondering if there is an accepted way to quote ...
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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 little bit of ...
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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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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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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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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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Is it OK to put a fragment of a quote within a paragraph?

For example: She recommends an au pair, a surprisingly more affordable alternative to a nanny, “to take on the role of caregiver when both parents work outside of the home.” Or should the sentence be ...
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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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“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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Interrupted quotation in a paragraph

Please help me with the correct usage of capitalisation in an interrupted quotation. For example: Alice yelled, "Get out of here." In the above sentence, the first word under the quotes is ...
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Should I capitalize this?

Usually, "Yes," "No," and "Leave me alone" were the only utterances anyone could get out of me. Should yes, no, and leave be capitalized here? thanks
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Brackets upon brackets? (Mine vs. Supreme Court Justice's)

I'm doing some homework. I am quoting from an administrative law decision. The hearing officer who wrote the decision quoted from a Supreme Court dissenting opinion, which quoted from a previous ...
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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 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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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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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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on a gravestone do quotations written in italics also require quotation marks

When using a renowned poet's quote on a gravestone does one write the quote in italics and also use quotation marks around the quote?
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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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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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Should a quotation starting with a vowel stay Capitalized?

I am using the Chicago Style Manual as a guide. In doing so I have not made changes to quotations except where spelling is considered Old English - in these instances I sometimes have used [sic]. My ...
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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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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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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 ...