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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-...
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Quotes reported with “It might be said”

I know that the following examples are sound: Someone might say: "I am very smart". The following might be said: "I am very smart". It might be said that I am very smart knowing that the ...
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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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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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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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When to use “ ” and ' ' in a sentence

I was in a dilemma when to use " " (double quotes) and ' ' (single quotes) in a sentence. Can anyone here please let me know when to use these quotes exactly in a sentence. Am assuming that these ...
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Meaning of the quote “As Above So Below; As Within So Without”

I was reading The Secret when I came across the above quote and couldn't understand it in spite of googling
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help with quote meaning [closed]

“We shall never learn to feel and respect our real calling and destiny, unless we have taught ourselves to consider every thing as moonshine, compared with the education of the heart.”
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Quotes of irony, are they used often?

I am under impression that native English writers rarely (compared to e.g. Russian) use quotes to express irony, but often explicitly write "so called ...". What about usage of quotes of irony in ...
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Question about Harvey's quote

"Nothing that happens on the surface of the sea can alter the calm of its depths" Whenever I see this quote,I always enter into an ambiguity, I tend to interpret that quote with two different ...
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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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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 “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 “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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“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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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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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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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, ...