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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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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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When to use a comma vs. a period before a quotation

I'm unclear on exactly when to use a comma or a period before a quotation. It's obvious if what comes before is a simple dialogue tag like "He said," but consider the following examples: Mike was ...
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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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Meaning of the phrase “Beating on your craft”!

I was translating a document in another language, then I saw this famous quotation from Will Smith that is provided here. The separation of talent and skill is one of the greatest misunderstood ...
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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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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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Plural/Singular Subject/Object Agreement [duplicate]

Donald Trump's (in)famous quote "Grab 'em by the pussy". As an English learner, I'm confused, why not "pussies". "Them" is plural, so their pussies should be plural too.
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“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts…”

“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts: therefore, guard accordingly, and take care that you entertain no notions unsuitable to virtue and reasonable nature.” [...
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What does this quote mean? “The most powerful thing that can be done is to name something.”

What does this quote mean? "The most powerful thing that can be done is to name something."
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Quote of Seneca

“Behold a worthy sight, to which God, turning his attention to his own work, may direct his gaze. Behold an equal thing, worthy of a God, a brave man matched in conflict with evil fortune” ...
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Meaning of this sentence?

"The man who does not shrink from self-crucifixion can never fail to accomplish the task upon which his heart is set." context:quote "Men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are ...
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Quotation and comma help

I haven't been able to find a straight answer if I am properly writing this sentence: “What’re you staring at, huh? Got something you wanna say?”, piques the guard. Soooo, I was taught to use a ...
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What do these lines mean as a whole? [closed]

I want to know the meaning of these lines as a whole Don't worry, even if everything dies around you and it looks like the odds are stacked against you, I will always be with you And are the ...
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Which one is correct and perfect! [closed]

Which quote might be perfect one, or any suggestions There's no game in which I haven't won without losing. There's no game in which I haven't won without losing it. There's no game which I haven't ...
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Splitting a quotation

Science magazine Guy Rouleau, the director of McGill University’s Montreal Neurological Institute (MNI) and Hospital in Canada, is frustrated with how slowly neuroscience research translates ...
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British Punctuation versus American Punctuation

I've learned that American English use double quotation marks and place periods inside quotation marks while British English use single quotation marks and place periods outside quotation marks. ...
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What does this Quote by G. H. Hardy mean?

Can anyone please explain this Quote precisely because I am only a novice in the field of English. If you could please explain in terms of Mathematics. The Quote is : In these days of conflict ...
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Meaning of Alexander Pope quotation

I cannot understand the meaning of this quote from Thoughts on Various Subjects (1727) by Alexander Pope, and it is not explained anywhere else on the Internet. Some people will never learn ...
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Can I write “answers”, “asks”, and “says” like so?

"Oh that's just great," says Ron. "It's in the box," answers Ron. "Where is my lion?" asks Ron. I don't know if this is or isn't the right way to use it.
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How to quote something already quoted

I read an article where the author mentions a sentence from a third person. For instance, Nancy K. has an article where she writes: "something" (David F) I want to reproduce the sentence and also ...
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Is this quote correct? Can one live in enjoyment or be heartful?

I just came across this quote; Your heart is the only one that can show you how to live in fulfillment and enjoyment. It's time to become heartful. Is it even possible to 'live in enjoyment'? Or ...
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What is the meaning of this Game of Thrones quote?

"Never forget what you are. The rest of the world will not. Wear it like armor, and it can never be used to hurt you." I'm new to English and have just started watching Game of Thrones. I think the ...
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What is the meaning of the quote "A chain is only as strong as its weakest link?

A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. What does it mean? The entry from Wikipedia about chains shows: A chain is typically made of metal. A chain may consist of two or more links ...
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Any possibility for simplified punctuation in direct speech?

Not sure I'm asking about direct speech here, though. Consider the sentence: And then I thought, why do I even need this? I believe I run into sentences like this occasionally. The correct way ...
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How to understand the quote:

There are two kinds of artists left: those who endorse Pepsi and those who simply won't. (Annie Lennox) Specifically, what does "who simply won't" mean? What's the humor of this quote? can it be ...
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What is meant by the quote "The truth is rarely pure and never simple.”

What does following quote mean. I understand the language but not the thought behind it. "The truth is rarely pure and never simple.” ― Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest
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What does quote mean in this case?

I am having a correspondence with an online shop and we are discussing shipment of a batch of goods to them. My English isn't perfect, so before asking them what they mean (and appear stupid) I'd like ...
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Could [“ought” + perfect infinitive] refer to the future, when such future is not obligatory?

The following text starts by explaining that Niggle (“he”) is unable to make up a plan how to complete his job. His job is to fix a magical country, to complete it as far as possible. The text is from ...
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Meaning of “love will make us”? [closed]

"Come sleep with me. We won't make love. Love will make us." - Julio Cortazar What does the part of "love will make us" mean?
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Quoting a German sentence with double German quotation marks and an apostrophe in a US-English text [closed]

I wish to quote the German sentence Karl war, wie man so schön sagt, „strack wie Sau“, aber Max’ Freund konnte Karl doch heimfahren. inside a US-English text. The audience consists of English-...