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Proper use of Quotations

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Rebecca Kosek

on 13 February 2013

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Transcript of Proper use of Quotations

Proper Use of Quotations Becky Kosek Periods & Exlamations Quotes within Quotes Question Marks Colons & Semicolons Direct Quotations Always go inside the quotation marks. Becky asked, "Do you understand this?" "When will you be here?" he asked. Colons and Semicolons belong on the OUTSIDE of quotation marks. She said, "Hurry up." My mom told me, "Your room better be clean in thirty minutes." His mom yelled, "Go, Go, Go!" Do you agree with the saying, "All's fair in love and war"? Here the question is outside the quote. With Quotation Marks, only one ending puncuation mark is used. When you have a question outside quoted material AND inside quoted material, use only one question mark and place it inside the quotation mark. Did she say, "May I go?" Use single quotation marks for quotes within quotes. Note that the periods goes inside all quote marks. He said, "Danea said, 'Do not treat me that way.'" The placement of question marks with quotes follows logic. If the question is in quotation marks so should the question mark. She answered, "Jill said, 'I don't have to go today, but i need to go this week.'" You use the one quotation (') for the quote within quotes Use quotation marks to set off a direct quotation only. He asked when will you be here? "Where are you going?" the teacher asked. The teacher asked where are you going? Corie described the day as "absolutely gorgeous"; the sun was shining and the air was crisp. The minister shouted: "Do not worry. The next time I stand up here, I will have answers to these questions." Usually colons are only used when the quote has six or more words. Indirect Quotations Indirect quotes are when you use your own words to rephrase what someone else said. There’s no need for quotation marks in an indirect quote. Where did Mark say he was going? He said “he was going to buy bread”. WRONG: We can tell by the verbs that this is an indirect quote: the quotation
marks can be removed from this sentence. Andrew said the new restaurant was “good”. WRONG: There’s nothing special about a restaurant being good, so there’s no need to draw attention to this indirect quote. http://www.oswego.org/ocsd-web/quiz/mquiz.asp?filename=tandersoquotes
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