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Direct quotation: Carly said, I’m not ever going back there again. Indirect quotation: Carly said that she would never go back there. Writing at Work Most word processsing software is designed to catch errors in grammar, spelling, and punctuation. While this can be a useful tool, it is better to be well acquainted with the rules of punctuation than to leave the thinking to the computer. Properly punctuated writing will convey your meaning clearly. Consider the subtle shifts in meaning in the following sentences: The client said he thought our manuscript was garbage. The client said, “He thought our manuscript was garbage.” The first sentence reads as an indirect quote in which the client does not like the manuscript. But did he actually use the word “garbage”? (This would be alarming!) Or has the speaker paraphrased (and exaggerated) the client’s words? The second sentence reads as a direct quote from the client. But who is “he” in this sentence? Is it a third party? Word processing software would not catch this because the sentences are not grammatically incorrect. However, the meanings of the sentences are not the same. Understanding punctuation will help you write what you mean, and in this case, could save a lot of confusion around the office! 113
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Punctuating Direct Quotations Quotation marks show readers another person’s exact words. Often, you will want to identify who is speaking. You can do this at the beginning, middle, or end of the quote. Notice the use of commas and capitalized words. Beginning: Madison said , “L et’s stop at the farmers market to buy some fresh vegetables for dinner. Middle: “ Let’s stop at the farmers market ,” Madison said , “ to buy some fresh vegetables for dinner. End: “ Let’s stop at the farmers market to buy some fresh vegetables for dinner ,” Madison said. Speaker not identified: “ Let’s stop at the farmers market to buy some fresh vegetables for dinner. Always capitalize the first letter of a quote even if it is not the beginning of the sentence. When using identifying words in the middle of the quote, the beginning of the second part of the quote does not need to be capitalized. Use commas between identifying words and quotes. Quotation marks must be placed after commas and periods. Place quotation marks after question marks and exclamation points only if the question or exclamation is part of the quoted text. Question is part of quoted text: The new employee asked , “ When is lunch ?” Question is not part of quoted text: Did you hear her say you were the next Picasso ”? Exclamation is part of quoted text: My supervisor beamed , “ Thanks for all of your hard work !” Exclamation is not part of quoted text: He said I single-handedly saved the company thousands of dollars ”!

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