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What signifies a reporting clause?

I know reporting clauses are punctuated thus: (1) She said, 'We are about to close you know?' but what if the phrase prior to the speech is not a speech tag. For example, is it: (2) She looked ...
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Would it be better to quote someone with their stage name or their real name? [closed]

I found a quote by an artist that I would like to use as an inspirational quote, however I don't know whether to reference them with their real name or their stage name. Can someone help me with this ...
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What punctuation should be used to indicate a set of quotes has been rearranged?

For example, you might have the following paragraph: We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common ...
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Gender neutrality when quoting English originals and translations?

I have read most of the gender neutrality threads on this forum and googled but failed to find detailed proposals on one aspect of gender neutrality: using it when QUOTING sources written originally ...
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Footnote for a quote containing a quote

I cannot find the answer to the following question in CMOS or on this forum. I am providing a quote from source No 1 (marked with a footnote) which contains a quote from source No 2: ‘As Leibniz puts ...
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Is 'ponder' acceptable as a quotative verb, for instance with inner dialogue?

There has been a question on ELU about the acceptability of transitive ponder (ponder an issue) versus ponder about (etc) an issue. This question asks rather about the acceptability of ponder in an (...
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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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Is this a misquotation?

When using quotes in academic articles there is often a need to simplify things, without being accused of manipulating the original meaning. Consider the paragraph below in Adam Smith's Wealth of ...
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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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I'm trying to quote a point in the text and I want to skip to another part, how would i do this? [duplicate]

I would like to quote something and then add another point in the text for example: first part [other stuff] second part I would like to be able to use first part and then second part in the same ...
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“Quote by Albert Einstein” or “quote from Albert Einstein”? [closed]

Can both “by” and “from” prepositions be used to indicate the person as the source of quotation? Is there any difference? To me “quotes from Albert Einstein” sounds more like “quotes from Albert ...
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Why do people use present tense when they are quoting someone? [duplicate]

I've heard and used this a lot but was wondering why and is it even correct. When you are in a conversation with your mates and you are telling a story and when you try to quote someone, you say "...
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Is it "allowed" to use a translated quote like as if they were said in English? [closed]

As far as I learned you need can quote word by word, showing changes like this: Albert Einstein: "The Internet is a great invention." Albert Einstein mentioned, that "[t]he Internet[sic] is a great ...
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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 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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Nesting parentheses inside brackets

I want to insert a parenthetical phrase into a quotation as an editorial note. Since such notes are surrounded by square brackets to differentiate them from the original quote, I end up with this: “...
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How to quote text with ellipses inside of it?

I am quoting this text from Anna Karenina: I saw it in your eyes. Yes, yes! What can it all lead to? You were drinking at the club, drinking and gambling, and then you went ... to her of all people!...
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What to do if ellipses are already in a text [duplicate]

What should I do to let a reader know that in a quote the ellipses aren't mine and have been placed by the original author? This is the quote: My home university did a study of its alumni a few ...
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How do I quote a quote that has quotes in it? [duplicate]

The phrase I have to quote is "Did you never hear of the 'Fountain of Youth?' “. First of all, How do I quote this so people know I'm not stealing their work? The sentence I gave is what someone is ...
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How to deal with a period in the middle of my quotation

I don't know how to deal with the period in this quotation (or similar quotations where a period appears in the middle). Is my version 1 below acceptable or do I need to break it down (as in 2)? ...
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"you" in spoken, quoted dialogue

My partner and I have been having a debate about the proper way of relating dialogue in spoken English. Our problem is as follows: It often happens in conversation that one wishes to relate a ...
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quoting written material without punctuation

I have to quote what someone said in a text message that says, "What you mean for court purposes" The original text did not have punctuation at the end, even though a question mark should have been ...
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What is the correct way to properly quote and cite a foreign language resource? [closed]

Should I provide my own translation? If so, where? It is important for this particular quote to appear directly: it is the crux of the argument.
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Quotations and Square Brackets

I have a question. If I am quoting a quote which has square brackets in it already, but I want to add square brackets because there are spelling mistakes so I want to add "[sic]". Do I just add it to ...
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Using a quote from someone other than the original article author

I am writing a synthesis paper and have ran across a couple quotes using in an article that I will be contrasting with another article. In the article written by Esther Shein she includes the quote ...
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Should I preserve spelling when quoting American English in a British English text, or vice versa? [duplicate]

Suppose I am writing an (academic) text in British English, but have to quote a text from an author who writes in American English. Should I preserve the author's original spelling, or convert it to ...
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How to quote from a book which is a collection of stories by various authors?

I need to quote a sentence from a book which is a collection of stories of various authors. So usually when quoting a book I would put something like "lalalalala" (John Doe p.101) Now I am not sure if ...
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