Brackets Parentheses and Quotation Marks

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Brackets Parentheses and Quotation Marks

What does the mac miller thumbs up mean?

Mac Miller's a rapper from Pittsburgh and something he says in a lot of his songs is "thumbs up"

Academic Writing
Brackets Parentheses and Quotation Marks

Do you use quotation marks for dictionary definitions?


Academic Writing
Punctuation and Capitalization
Brackets Parentheses and Quotation Marks

Block quotations contain an exception to the rule for using what punctuation mark in citations?

A period is the exception. Any punctuation can be used in block quotations. Periods are not used within a cited quotation, but after its source.

In APA, block quotations don't use the quotation marks, but are indented 1/2 inch.

Brackets Parentheses and Quotation Marks

Do you use quotes when a person is talking?

Yes you do

Brackets Parentheses and Quotation Marks

What is the definition of a happy heart is better than a full purse?

I think the best response I have ever heard to this question was when I heard Brett Wilson speak. He stated that "True success and happiness can only be measured by the size of the smile on your face...not by the size of your bank account." Truer words could never have been spoken.

Brackets Parentheses and Quotation Marks

How do quotation marks work?

Quotation marks are used in writing to separate what a character says from the rest of the writing. Example:

He said, "Let's go to the beach."

If I didn't use quotation marks, it would look something like this:

He said let's go to the beach.

It is less clear what he exactly said, especially if that is not the entire sentence. Examples:

With Quotation Marks:

He said, "Let's go the beach," and ran to the car.

He said let's go to the beach and ran to the car.

Resume Writing
Brackets Parentheses and Quotation Marks
APA Format

What resume format should you use?

Resume formatIn the links to the right are dozens of resume samples for you to browse and copy, as well as pages describing the different resume formats, which to choose, and how to write them.

There are three different resume formats are available.You can choose your resume format according to your post.

Brackets Parentheses and Quotation Marks
Periods Exclamation Points and Question Marks

Should it be a full stop before or after brackets?

If the brackets surround an entire sentence then the full stop at the end of the sentence stays within the brackets. (This is the procedure you should follow.)

If the brackets only surround part of the sentence, the full stop goes outside. This is the procedure you should follow (under normal circumstances).

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Example Sentences
Brackets Parentheses and Quotation Marks

What is geritol complete used for?

Geritol is a high potency multivitamin tablet/tonic to aid the system naturally. It enriches the human body and acts as a great source of nti-oxidnt. Many women have taken it hile trying to get pregnant and have had positive results. It does really work for women trying to conceive. It may not be everyone but there is nothing wrong in trying it. It is a strong and rich source of good vitamins.

Brackets Parentheses and Quotation Marks

When do you use bracket inside a quotation?

If there are no brackets included in the original sentence you are quoting, you use brackets to add something that is not the part of the original sentence, i.e. you insert your comments in the quote. It is usually done when quoting only the part of the original text, so the reader might not understand the sentence due to lack of information about the whole text. For example:

It is not his business who I'm dating with. Original sentence

Jenny said: "It is not his [David's] business who I'm dating with."

Additionally, if you add emphasis in the form of bold or italicizing, you would add [emphasis added] at the end, but inside the quotation marks.

"James, himself, witnessed the crime." Original sentence

"James, himself, witnessed the crime. [emphasis added]"

Finally, if the original quotation contains misspellings or grammatical errors, you will want to quote the original, but note that you are aware of the errors,and that you kept the original intact. For example:

"Wally James and me went to the dock to fish." Original sentence

"Wally James and me went to the dock to fish. [sic]" (Note that the commas are missing after Wally, James, and me. Also, the writer substitutes the objective mefor the subjective I. This is an increasingly common error. Me never performs an action. I always does, at least where I is the subject, the one performing the action in the sentence. It is important to note that typically, [sic] appears immediately after the error, hoever in our example there are multiple errors and such would be redundant and cumbersome. The example would appear like this if we used [sic] in the traditional way: "Wally [sic] James [sic] and me [sic] went to the dock to fish." It is acceptable to do this, but placing it at the end of such a sentence is acceptable as well.

Just to wrap up, sic is Latin for thus, and is intended as a place marker literally to point at the error, shortened from sic erat scriptum (or thus it was written). It is used in brackets to keep it separate from the quoted text.

Brackets Parentheses and Quotation Marks
Formatting Citation and Documentation

Do movies go in quotation marks?

Only short films go in quotation marks. Full-length films are italicized. Similarly, short story titles are put in quotation marks, while titles of full-length books are italicized.

Also, titles of TV shows are italicized, while episodes are put in quotation marks (for example, episode, "Humbug," of The X-files).

Academic Writing
Brackets Parentheses and Quotation Marks

Does a cliche need quotations?

Not necessarily, but the use of quotation marks around any expression of lesser quality may be a signal to the reader that the writer is aware of doing it, and not simply failing to know any better.

English Spelling and Pronunciation
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Present Tenses

Do its and it's have contradictory meanings?

Another common homework question!

This is a good example of where people often make mistakes in their writing. In the same way that their, they're, and there all have completely different meanings, but the same pronunciation; its and it's mean two completely different things.

Contradictory meaning words such as yes and no are what we call antonyms. This means they have completely the opposite use. However, our examples its and it's are not antonyms, they are just words that sound the same but mean different things.

The first word, its, is a single word used to indicate nonspecific possession of something. For example: They heard its noise before they saw it. We do not know if the thing that owns the noise is male or female, so we refers to it as an it.

The word "it's" is actually two words and is used to affirm that something is the case. For example: It's true what they say about him. It's means it is, and all we are doing is substitute the space and the i of is for an apostrophe ('). This way of writing better reflects the way we pronounce these two words when they are together like this.

Academic Writing
Brackets Parentheses and Quotation Marks

Are titles of plays underlined or put in quotations?

Neither, they're italicized.

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What is a quote Richard estes said?

"I don't enjoy what I paint, so why should you?"

"I think the popular concept of the artist is a person who has this great passion and enthusiasm and super emotion. He just throws himself into this great masterpiece and collapses from exhaustion when its finished. It's really not that way at all. Usually it's a pretty calculated, sustained, and slow process by which you develop something. The effect can be one of spontaneity, but that's part of the artistry. An actor can do a play on Broadway for three years. Every night he's expressing the same emotion in exactly the same way. He has developed a technique to convey those feelings so that he can get the ideas across. Or a musician may not want to play that damn music at all, but he has a booking and has to do it. I think the real test is to plan something and be able to carry it out to the very end. Not that you're always enthusiastic; it's just that you have to get this thing out. It's not done with one's emotions; it's done with the head."

Brackets Parentheses and Quotation Marks

What are brackets inside parentheses called?


Word and Phrase Origins
Famous Quotations
Brackets Parentheses and Quotation Marks

What is the origin of the quote 'To be or not to be'?

The quote is from "Hamlet" by William Shakespeare.

Business & Finance
Brackets Parentheses and Quotation Marks

Why do you use quotation marks when searching the web?

By using quotation marks in Google, the search engine knows that those two words belong together and thus it won't search for those words separately.

Academic Writing
Brackets Parentheses and Quotation Marks

What kinds of titles are italicized and what kinds of titles go in quotation marks?

Titles of stand-alone works (books, plays and movies) are italicized (or underlined). Also, titles of magazines and other periodicals (and newspapers) should be treated in the same way as titles of books - that is italicized or underlined.

Titles of works that normally appear in collections or in periodicals go in quotation marks (poems, short stories, academic articles, newspaper articles).

Underlining is sometimes used as an alternative to italics. Use either the one or the other consistently: do not use both. (If you are a student, follow the conventions in use at your school or college).

- Movie titles, TV shows, etc.

Movie titles are italicized, except for very short movies, which case are put in quotations.

Titles of TV shows and series are also italicized. Titles of episodes of TV shows, however, are put in quotation marks. For example, episode "Bad Blood" of The X-files.

- Songs and albums

Song titles should go in quotation marks and titles of albums should be italicized.
According to MLA formatting, book titles require either italics or underlining.

Fruits and Vegetables
Sentence and Word Structure
Example Sentences
Brackets Parentheses and Quotation Marks

How do you put currants in a sentence?

Currants are a very juicy fruit.


The man liked currants.

Brackets Parentheses and Quotation Marks

What do two quotation marks mean?

1. an expression used before a short word or phrase that indicates that the word/phrase would be in quotation marks (" ") if used in writing.

Ex: Then he said, quote unquote, you're too young for me.

2. used to emphasize something you do not believe to be true, especially

Care of Mice and Rats
Dissertations and Theses
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What can you do to stop your mouse from wheezing and should you be alarmed?

Wheezing can be a sign of respitory distress if you are using pine or Cedar shavings try changing you bedding to carefresh, corn cob or aspen. Do not use pine or cedar they are known to cause respitory illnesses if used for a prolonged period. you can also try a drop of children's benadryl once a day mixed in some wet cat food.. If it presists for longer than a week or gets worse call a vet....

Famous Quotations
Brackets Parentheses and Quotation Marks

Who said if not you then whoif not now then when?

Phillip Vera Cruz.

Brackets Parentheses and Quotation Marks
APA Format

What are quotation rules?

quotations are used to show dialog or speech in writting

Brackets Parentheses and Quotation Marks
Periods Exclamation Points and Question Marks

Do quotation marks go before or after the period or question mark?

There is a difference between US and British/Canadian punctuation styles.

In the US

Trailing periods and commas always appear inside the quotation marks

ex. "Let's go to the zoo."

ex. The spelling of the word is "ampersand." - He said, "Go now," and turned away.

But question marks follow the same logic logic as below.

In the UK and Canada

The punctuation follows the logical extension of the quote.

The period or comma goes outside the quotation mark, except where the period is part of a quote.

ex. He said "The day is long." - The movie was called "Benji".

In either version of English

If you are quoting a question then the ? will go within the quotation marks.

ex. Sally asked, "Where are you going?"

If you're asking a question about a quote, then the ? will go after the quotation marks.

ex. Did Sally say, "We are going to the zoo"?

Note: There is never any double punctuation used.


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