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Questions about quotations, a group of words taken from a text or speech and repeated by someone other than the original author or speaker.

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every light casts a shadow

What is the figurative meaning of the quote ' “No matter how hard you fight the darkness, every light casts a shadow, and the closer you get to the light, the darker that shadow becomes.” ― Plato '? ...
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What's the meaning of "Fire up the 50" and "Give 'em a soup tour"?

They are two quotes of the Riptide Air-cushion Vehicle in the video game "Red Alert 3". source: https://cnc.fandom.com/wiki/Riptide_ACV These words are quite simple, but I don't understand ...
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Comma or colon or nothing

I am having a bit of trouble understanding when to use a colon, or not. I heard her whisper "I'm cold." I heard her whisper: "I'm cold." I think the first one is correct, but why?
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Meaning of a Lincoln Quote part2

This separate thread from my other question is made since moderator had asked to restrict one question per thread. Given below is a quote from Lincoln: No man who is resolved to make the most of ...
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Punctuation before quoted speech after transitive speech verb

Which is the more correct way to write this: "I heard you don't like noodles." He suggested, "you should get the soup." "I heard you don't like noodles." He suggested: &...
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Capitalization after a quotation mark (conversation)

I read a story written by Beatrix Potter, "The Tailor of Gloucester." He cut his coats without waste, according to his embroidered cloth; they were very small ends and snippets that lay ...
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What does "Hate emanates from within, love without" mean? [closed]

Hate emanates from within, love without I read this on a website but couldn't quite understand what it meant, and so if possible, can someone tell me its meaning, it would be great.
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I am playing a “the Lord of the Rings” game

Which of these sentences is correct? I am playing a “the Lord of the Rings” game. VS I am playing a “Lord of the Rings” game. And which of these is correct? I want to watch some “the Lord of the ...
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Should quoted clause be capitalized

I wonder if a quoted clause should be capitalized or not. For example, which of the following sentences is correct: For instance, "he is less than 20 years old" contains a subject and a ...
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Which Punctuation Do You Use For Quotations

Which one of these if correct, if I am trying to refer to a quote 'We're all a little bit gay' - Harry Styles "We're all a little bit gay" - Harry Styles
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It's no accident that the quote unquote golden period of Latin literature ends during this time

In this sentence, which part is quoted? It's no accident that the quote unquote golden period of Latin literature ends during this time. It is from a TV documentary.
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Inversion with "to not have"?

I came across this quote and was intrigued by its grammar: "The soul would have no rainbow, had the eyes no tears" At first glance, "had the eyes no tears" this seems like a type ...
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say shut up, say "shut up"

People say shut up if they don't want to hear you speaking. People say "shut up" if they don't want to hear you speaking. Do you have to enclose shut up with quotes, or is it allowed even ...
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Why are there no quotation marks for a that-clause?

"Bonjour" is a French word meaning "hello." In modern Welsh, 'glas' means 'blue'. But why do we say, for example, the sentence means that the word means “hello,” not the sentence ...
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What does "There's no escaping reason, no denying purpose" mean?

In The Matrix Reloaded (2003), after Oracle left the scene, Agent Smith says to Neo: Agent Smith: But as you well know, appearances can be deceiving...which brings me back to the reason why we're ...
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Qutation marks in American English for emphasis and bracketing: single or double? [closed]

Suppose you write a mathematical text in American English that quotes from various sources (other literature and itself) and emphasizes and brackets stuff. You've already used up your font gimmicks (...
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What does this famous quote mean?

In Serenity (2005), Kaylee says to Malcolm, who deserted Simon and River: Kaylee: Going on a year now, I ain't had nothing twixt my nethers weren't run on batteries. What does this famous quote mean?...
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Comma between “such as” and direct quotations?

Consider the following sentence: We see claims such as “Money is the root of all evil” [1] and “Women require time and money” [2] spread throughout research-level texts. Here, [1] and [2] are some ...
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Translate this sentence. Rewrite it in your own words. Why does Conroy reference all of these works of literature in this paragraph? [closed]

I have read like a man on fire my whole life because the genius of English teachers touched me with the dazzling beauty of language.-Pat Conroy This is from "A Letter to the Editor of the ...
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Meaning of a Clifford Geertz quote about the western conception of the individual

Please, explain what the following quotation from Clifford Geertz means: The Western conception of the person as a bounded, unique, more or less integrated motivational and cognitive universe; a ...
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Is the sentence "you will find me in fine state" grammatical?

There's a dinner scene in Red Dragon (2002) where Hannibal quotes Horace's letter to Tibullus: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gHUgvhExOfo As for me, when you want a laugh, you will find me in fine ...
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Why is "his" used instead of "him" in this U. Sinclair quote? [duplicate]

It is difficult to get a man to understand something, when his salary depends upon his not understanding it -- Upton Sinclair Why "... his not understanding it", and not "... him not ...
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What does it mean by ask a question?

Should the "ask" be in an "ing" form? Consider the following conversation, A: I think I can ask a question on Stack Exchange. B: What do you mean by ask a question? Should I ...
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What does "never been one for me except" mean?

There is a sentence from Johnny Cash's Wikipedia page with a very strange structure: At the July 5, 2003, concert (his last public performance), before singing "Ring of Fire", Cash read a ...
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Should the comma be inside or outside of the quotation marks?

Say I have a sentence like The discovery of the "exoplanet", a type of planet that resides outside of our solar system, shocked the researchers. Should the comma be outside of the ...
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Grammaticality: 'Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something'

Wise men speak because they have something to say; Fools because they have to say something — Plato I didn't understand this quote. How do you understand this? Shouldn't there be a verb after 'fools'?...
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What does "live to a higher note" mean?

Live honestly to a higher note. Life is too short. So, do the best you can and live your life to a higher note.
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Clarifying a quote

I would like to quote a shortened version of the following piece of text. Explicit minimal times have been given for 2D systems (and lower bounds are given in [7] for the heat equation). ...
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If I make a non-verbatim quotation (as news outlets often do in their titles), what punctuation should I use?

Federal judge Beryl A. Howell: No vote on initiating an inquiry is required. In the cases of all three presidents who faced such an action — Andrew Johnson, Richard M. Nixon, and Bill Clinton — the ...
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Should I put commas and periods before the ending quotation mark?

I know that it is advisable to put commas, periods, exclamation marks, and question marks before the ending quotation mark when dealing with direct speech, or quoting whole sentences. But what if I ...
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What does this quote mean "Call no chain strong, Which holds one rusted link."

What does the quote mean from the poem Protest by Ella Wheeler Wilcox mean? "Call no chain strong, Which holds one rusted link."? Here is the section: Therefore I do protest against the boast ...
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quoting a sentence in Present Simple: can I change the tense?

If I quote a sentence in Present Simple (not just paraphrase), should I replace present forms with past forms or leave them as they are? In other words, what are rules or conventions regarding ...
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What does this quote mean from Jane Eyre? "She regretted to be under the necessity of..."

Jane Eyre is a famous novel about a girl dealing with stuff like her aunt (Mrs. Reed) not liking her. Eliza, John, and Georgiana were now clustered round their mama in the drawing-room: she lay ...
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Meaning of quote [closed]

What does mean the first sentence in bold and the second quote? “You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.” (Maya Angelou) “Do the best you can until you know better. Then ...
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What if a quote contains an error

What should a writer do if s/he wants to use a quote, but the quoted sentence seems to contain a grammatical error? Should the writer correct the error when including the quote?
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Get through vs finish

Today my doubt is about the word “get through”. Basically the meaning is like “finish” something right? Well in this quote “when you get through the homework, I’ll give you more” can I use the word “...
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How can I refer to something in a book?

I am trying to find the right words for the sentences. (1) The book ____ "Suffering has been stronger than all other teaching". (2) Charles Dickens writes/wrote in his book: "Suffering has ...
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Do we use comma in this situation or not?

Do we use comma in this situation or not? I have a sentence in mind and I was wondering if someone could give me a feedback on it. He yelled "blasphemy!" as the man showed him the Bible on top of ...
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"A language isn't something you learn so much as something you join."

I read such a quote from Chapter 1: Building Abstractions with Functions "A language isn't something you learn so much as something you join." ~Arika Okrent Honestly , I have little idea what ...
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Do we put an interrogation mark inside a quote?

Do we put an interrogation mark inside a quote? I've heard you shouldn't put a dot, but I feel like you should put an interrogation mark inside a quote, because otherwise you wouldn't know if it's a ...
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What's the best way to remove a single word from a quote?

I wish to quote from a source, however, the original quote contains an extra the that does not flow with my sentence. Which is better, describing what the article refers to, or removing it with an ...
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Are punctuations within quotes ok?

I wrote the following as an example: There are Christian men who pretend to be virtuous while at the same time committing sins like adultery like it was nothing. I say "Blasphemy!" However ...
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How to punctuate a complex sentence with two quotes?

Supposing, there is a sentence: For example, if parents ask their son or daughter: “There are 10 ballerinas at the theater but all of female dancers have gone on the tour. How many ballerinas ...
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"nothing ‘family values’” or “no ‘family values’"?

I have encountered the construction nothing something in Crash Course US history. Also, he once acted with a monkey and there is nothing “family values” about that. Should no have been used there ...
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What is the meaning of given quote - When hungry, eat your rice; when tired, close your eyes [closed]

I wonder what is the meaning of this quote, It seems nothing is there. Or I am not understading. Thank you When hungry, eat your rice; when tired, close your eyes. Fools may laugh at me, but wise ...
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Should the name of policies use hyphens or quotes?

I typed "no-eating policy" on Google Books. The results use hypens and quotes. Does this mean that both usages are correct? Is one more common than the other? Example sentence: You, as a doctor, ...
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Who are Burke and Hare?

I’m reading Kipling’s Kim, where it mentions Still more important than Wordsworth , or the eminent authors, Burke and Hare, was the art and science of mensurations. I wonder, who are the Burke ...
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Why do we put the punctuation within the quotations? [duplicate]

So, I have a weird question: In dialogue, why do we put the end punctuation within the quotations? Example: "I like burgers," he said. This doesn't seem logical to me, and I have been guilty of ...
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Is "you will hurt" correct?

Is it correct to say 'you will hurt' or 'you will get hurt'? I read this quote on the net: “It’s not a question of whether you will hurt, or of how much you will hurt; it’s a question of what ...
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MLA requirements for quoting a phrase with exclamation marks

I'm helping a student with a sentence that needs to quote the following two phrases said by a character: Man the boundaries! Protect us! The sentence we are trying to write is: "Man the ...
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