Tuesday, January 29, 2008

10 Tips on Punctuating Quotations

(A different kind of blog post from me! Let me know what you think!)
  • 10 Tips on Punctuation of Quotations
  1. If you use a short quotation within your own sentence, you must use quotation marks.
  2. Periods and commas go inside the quotation marks.
  3. Colons and semicolons go outside the marks.
  4. If a hyphen, question mark, or exclamation point is part of the original quotation, it goes inside the marks.
  5. If a hyphen, question mark, or exclamation point is your own addition, outside the marks.
  6. If the quotation is 3 lines or longer, indent it and omit the quotation marks.
  7. If you omit parts or words, use an ellipsis.
  8. When you quote a whole stanza, use slash marks to indicate the end of the line.
  9. Never change words or the original (punctuation) structure.
  10. Always credit the author’s name in parentheses immediately after the quotation .

FYI: The word 'quote' is a verb; the word 'quotation' is a noun. Therefore, you quote a quotation. It is so common to use 'quote' in place of 'quotation', that it is generally acceptable, like love 'quotes' or 'quotes' from famous people.

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