S: Quote me
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FC: Quote me | A Guide to Punctuation By Caitlin Gailey
1: Dear reader, the scrapbook will open you to the wonders of the quotation mark. Inside you will see the wonders of this fantastic piece of punctuation and learn all of it's dos and dont's. Whether it be commonly made mistakes, or those unknown to most, after viewing this scrapbook you will be well educated in the art of the quotation mark. | A note to the reader
2: Even though it may seem odd this example is used correctly. Although the purpose of the quotes is not certain both instances in which it is being used are correct.
3: First instance: The quote could be actually what the speaker is saying which would be the purpose of the quotes. | Second Instance: The quote could be used as a form of sarcasm, which is the purpose of quotation marks, commonly confused with emphasis which is an improper use, but will be touched on later.
5: One of the most common misuses of the quotation mark is overuse. Not overuse in the sense that you have four in one sentence, which is also incorrect, but also when using direct quotes on a huge paragraph like in this example. Typically quoting something this large you wouldn't use quotations for because it is unnecessary and redundant.
7: Both of these examples highlight the most common and aggravating misuses of quotation marks, for emphasis. Using quotations for emphasis is not correct. Using quotes to imply sarcasm or give words another meaning is the proper way to use quotes in that fashion, however both of these examples fail to do so.
8: Here are more examples of how to improperly use quotes for emphasis.
9: DO NOT EAT
10: Even more examples of how people don't use it right!
11: Hopefully by now you are getting the picture. Some of these examples are even comical because they are so widely displayed, Now whatever you do, do not use quotes for emphasis.
12: Now to show some correct examples!
13: They also have the punctuation inside the quote and start by capitalizing it which can be mistakes. One thing to remember though, when using a direct quote of an author in a paper, you have to use three quotes to indicate it is direct and from another person. Also be sure to include citations. | These examples show something critical when quoting someone, using their name.
14: Quotes are even being used in social media! This quote was used properly by keeping the punctuation inside and citing the author from which it came.
16: In previous examples we've shown you how quoting people can be effective, now we will show you how it is not.
17: Without quotes | The fact that this quotation was cited it is a positive, however there are not quotation marks around it. This can happen because obviously we know who the quote is from, but to be sure it is direct, quotation marks need to be placed around it.
18: Then there is the age old question, where to put the punctuation at the end of the sentence. This can be tricky.
19: A few things to follow... 1. The punctuation almost always goes inside the quotation marks. 2. You only put the quotes outside when you are quoting a fragment of something and placing it inside the middle of a sentence that is not finished yet. | Don't do this
20: So lets recap...
21: Don't be an idiot when it comes to quoting people, cite their name and put their quote in citations. In a paper use three quotation marks when using a direct quote. THEY ARE NOT USED FOR "EMPHASIS". Punctuation will usually stay inside unless you have the one exception.