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Transcript of Embedding Quotes
How to create a good transition
into a quotation:
Each piece of quoted material in a paragraph must have a
transition that gives the context and background for that quote.
Embedding quotes using transition helps quoted material flow
naturally and coherently into your paragraph.
The narrator of "Tell-Tale Heart" started to
give away his guilt to the police officers
when he "talked more fluently, and with a heightened voice."
Example from "Tell-Tale Heart":
When written properly, the reader should not be able to hear where the quotation marks are when the sentence is read aloud.
A properly embedded quotation creates a seamless transition from the background information to the quoted material.
If done improperly, the sentence is choppy, incomplete, and predictable.
Poor example: The author is nervous when, "True! Nervous, very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am..."
The prior example does not make sense when read aloud. Every sentence in a paragraph must make sense, regardless of whether or not it contains quoted material.
You may need to change words within your quote so that the sentence is grammatically correct and is coherent.
To omit words in the middle of a long quote, use ellipses (...)
Example: The narrator tells us that "The shriek...was my own in a dream."
1. Give background and context for all quoted material.
what is happening? who is speaking?
2. Only use the most important part of the quote.
3. Read your sentence aloud. Can you "hear"
the quotation marks?
4. Use ellipses to indicate omitted words.