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What does “quote unquote” mean?

I understand the need to quote someone without using your hands. Example: Alice said Bob quote intervened unquote. This, I understand. Her use of the word "intervened" was a direct quote. My ...
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Should I always use a comma before a quote?

When quoting something said by someone else, should I use a comma before the quote? Suppose I quote the definition given in a dictionary. Am I correctly using the the punctuation marks in 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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Help me understand this quote: “There are two kinds of leaders, cowboys and shepherds. Cowboys drive and shepherds lead.”

I came across a quote by JP Warren There are two kinds of leaders, cowboys and shepherds. Cowboys drive and shepherds lead. Question 1: Why are cowboys called leaders in the very first clause ...
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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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'I', I said, 'am not amused'

I've not seen; 'I', I said,.... often. Is it OK? Does anyone have any examples? ('She', she shouted, 'goes to Hell')
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What does `almost any how` mean?

Here is the quote from Friedrich Nietzsche: He who has a why to live for can bear almost any how. I don't quite understand it, especially this phrase almost any how. Can somebody please shed light ...
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What is the meaning of this quote by Hannibal?

Before the Battle of Cannae, in which Hannibal defeated a larger Roman army, Hannibal made the following quip: Reportedly, a Carthaginian officer named Gisgo commented on how much larger the ...
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The answer “I don't think so” to the question “How is he?”

Haram finds a person who lies down on the street. Haram looks the person over if he's fine as Linda comes up to him and says, "How is he?" "I don't think so." Haram answered. Do you think ...
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Beginning quotes with square brackets

I have difficulty understanding why in this article approximately half of the quotes start with a letter in square brackets. What is the reason? Some examples: "[S]ame-sex segregation is a group ...
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the comfort of opinion and the discomfort of thought

Please rephrase the last sentence from the quote of John F. Kennedy Too often we hold fast to the cliches of our forebears. We subject all facts to a prefabricated set of interpretations. We enjoy ...
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Meaning of “I don't know anything about music. In my line, you don't have to.”

"I don't know anything about music. In my line, you don't have to." -- Elvis Presley What does "In my line" mean? What does this quote mean?
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What does the line, “In the halls of justice, the only justice is in the halls” mean?

This is a famous Lenny Bruce quote but I am unable to understand it. What does it mean? The only justice is in the halls, i.e. outside the courtroom. There is no justice inside the courtroom; it'...
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What do you call this part of the sentence that describes a quotation in a dialog?

In this dumb example: — I can hardly find a good example, he said. — I know, she answered, I can hardly find one too. What do you call the bold parts of the sentences, which describe how the ...
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Apostrophe Usage Around Words?

"The Canadian smiled at his opponent as they went to their corners. It was not a smile that said, ‘I got this now.’" In ‘I got this now.’, what seems a grammatical reason for this (apostrophes)? Why, ...
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Quoting a sentence containing a quote: Which quotation mark should I use?

In American English, the quotation mark normally used is the double quotation mark. Edema asked, "Am I an alliteration addict?" When quoting text, which quotation marks should I use? Single ...
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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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Is “sing” a noun or a verb in this quote by Samuel Beckett?

"When you are up to your neck in shit, all you can do is sing." Samuel Beckett I just checked some credible online dictionaries like Longman, Macmillan and American Heritage and they all had "sing" ...
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What does “Never do yesterday what should be done tomorrow” mean?

I heard a quote Never Do Yesterday What Should Be Done Tomorrow. I assume that this means Whatever you do, there will be tomorrow, so don't do it. Am I right?
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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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Remember that guy that gave up? Neither does anybody else

"Remember that guy that gave up? Neither does anybody else...". What does this quote mean? I think it has the meaning like this: "Nobody remembers the guy who gave up". Is it accurate?
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How should I understand 'of' here?

The mind is its own place, and in itself can make a heaven of hell, a hell of heaven. - John Milton, "Paradise Lost" In the above quotation, how should I understand the 'make a heaven of hell'? Is it ...
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Meaning of this quote from the book The Great Gatsby?

Here's a famous quote from the book that says: So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past. Could someone please explain it in easy words? Here's the full ...
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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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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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“The happiest people are those who are too busy to notice whether they are or not.” - What? Happy or Busy?

http://www.forbes.com/forbes/welcome/ “The happiest people are those who are too busy to notice whether they are or not.” William Feather I didn't get what are they too busy to notice out of the ...
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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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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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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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What does the quote 'Those things that hurt, instruct' mean?

"Those things that hurt, instruct" is a famous Benjamin Franklin quote. I googled its meaning and many forums say that it means that challenges make you stronger. But I cannot find how the words in ...
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Could someone explain a quote?

Could someone explain this quote ? I do understand the words used in this quote but I just do not really understand what exactly does it say.. One will rarely err if extreme actions be ascribed to ...
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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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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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Text from an english book

I am reading a book titled " The man who loved only numbers", the author is : Paul Hoffman. I encounter a problem in understanding some lines, would some one help me ( I think there is an indirect ...
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can anyone explain the quote in simple way?

I came across a quote Life isn't too funny, to be too serious Unfortunately, I can't get the right meaning out of it, even though I'm familiar with all of the words. Can anyone explain in a much ...
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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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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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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-...
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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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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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Meaning of “There is no god and we are his prophets.”

What does this mean? There is no god and we are his prophets. This quote is spoken by Ely from the novel The Road by Cormac McCarthy. I don't understand how this works.
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What does “run for” mean? [closed]

"I ran for Congress, just once." -- Shirley Temple What does "run for" mean? What does this quote mean?
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Meaning of these two quotes

Following are the two quotes which I received from Hike daily services. "Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far." - Theodore Roosevelt "Each time I free a child, I feel it is ...
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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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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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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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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 “...