Quotation interrupted in the middle of a sentence When the annunciatory clause falls in the middle of a sentence , use a comma and closing quotation marks before it, and a comma and opening quotation marks after it.
We use quotation marks with direct quotes , with titles of certain works, to imply alternate meanings, and to write words as words. Block quotations are not set off with quotation marks. The quoted text is capitalized if you’re quoting a complete sentence and not capitalized if you’re quoting a fragment.
You should never have a quotation standing alone as a complete sentence , or, worse, as an incomplete sentence , in your writing. The quotation will seem disconnected from your own thoughts and from the flow of your sentences .
Punctuation Junction: Punctuation Before Quotation Marks A few principles are at work here: To identify the speaker of a quotation before the quotation appears, put a comma after the speaking-related verb ( said , replied, stated, wrote, etc.).
Periods and commas ALWAYS go inside quotation marks. Examples : The sign said, “Walk.” Then it said, “Don’t Walk,” then, “Walk,” all within thirty seconds. He yelled, “Hurry up.”
Citing a quote in APA Style In a parenthetical citation, you place all the information in parentheses after the quote . In a narrative citation, you name the author in your sentence (followed by the year), and place the page number after the quote .
Use double quotation marks (“”) around a direct quote . A direct quote is a word- for-word report of what someone else said or wrote. You use the exact words and punctuation of the original.
The exclamation point (inside the closing quotation mark) ends the sentence ; no additional exclamation point. Her letter of resignation was a single sentence : “I’m out of here!” Rule: The sentence ends with a single period inside the closing quotation mark.
A quote is an offer to do a job for a specified price. Once you accept a quote , the provider can’t charge you more than that unless you agree to extra work, or the scope of the job changes while it is underway. Legally, this is known as a variation to your contract.
The opening words of an essay should immediately enmesh the reader in your wiles. To start with a quote is not wrong, but you may do better, as onomatomaniak suggested, to “think of an engaging first sentence that makes the reader think you have something interesting to say.”
How do I set up and follow up a quotation ? Provide context for each quotation . Do not rely on quotations to tell your story for you. Attribute each quotation to its source. Tell your reader who is speaking. Explain the significance of the quotation . Provide a citation for the quotation .
The final period or comma goes inside the quotation marks, even if it is not a part of the quoted material, unless the quotation is followed by a citation . If a citation in parentheses follows the quotation , the period follows the citation .
Block quotations start on their own line. The entire block quotation is indented 0.5 inches, the same as the indentation for a new paragraph, and is double spaced. Block quotations are not surrounded by any quotation marks. The text after the block quotation begins on its own line, with no indentation.
Generally, a colon is used to introduce a list of items, mark the start of a quotation , expansion or explanation, and the various contexts like time. A semicolon is often used to join together two independent clauses — in other words, it joins two clauses that could be sentences.