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2 January 2013
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Hello!

So, awhile ago, I posted something about starting a grammar thread. Here it is, the place for all of your grammar questions and comments.

I have a question myself. Say I'm reading a book/article/whatever and it says this:

Blah blah blah blah. He said, "She said, 'Blah blah blah.' Blah blah." Blah blah blah blah blah.

I need to quote the part in blue. I write, "He said, 'She said, ?Blah blah blah.? Blah blah.'"

What punctuation do I use where the ?s are?

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3 January 2013
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You just alternate between them. So you'd go back to double quotation marks as follows:

"He said, 'she said, "blah blah blah." Blah blah.'"

 

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3 January 2013
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Thanks

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3 January 2013
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Another trick is to put the whole quotation in italics and maybe also block quote (indented left and right relative to main text) -- this would supply the first quotation, so to speak.  If you have four levels of quotation, then you could pull out Ben's additional suggestion.

 

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3 January 2013
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I just realized something amazing! I'm not learning grammar in English! 

 

Shouldn't I, though? We haven't done anything like that in the past two years a-hard-days-night-ringo-13

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3 January 2013
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EDIT: My advise is to keep reading a lot of stuff.

3 January 2013
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Funny Paper said
Another trick is to put the whole quotation in italics and maybe also block quote (indented left and right relative to main text) -- this would supply the first quotation, so to speak.  If you have four levels of quotation, then you could pull out Ben's additional suggestion.

Indeed. I was going to suggest block quoting and indentation, but I only ever use that for the exegesis of a particularly long quote (three or more lines).

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3 January 2013
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Ben Ramon said

Indeed. I was going to suggest block quoting and indentation, but I only ever use that for the exegesis of a particularly long quote (three or more lines).

What a helpful thread...now I know what "exegesis" means.mal-evans

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4 January 2013
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EDSLocklear said
I just realized something amazing! I'm not learning grammar in English! 

 

Shouldn't I, though? We haven't done anything like that in the past two years a-hard-days-night-ringo-13

Neither am I. We had one grammar day this year, which my English teacher got very exited about it, and all day we learned how to correctly use a comma! Sorry, but I'm in tenth grade, you're only about six years late on that. Is it really necessary to be teaching fifteen and sixteen year olds how to use a comma? Grammar day was a huge disappointment for me. I was hoping we would be dissecting sentences, finding parts of speech and clauses, and all that.paul-mccartney

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