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    Rules of Comma Placement before Quotations


    Hey,

    I was just wondering what that Rules are. Because I usually place a comma before I quote a sentence but opening a Newspaper today I seemed to notice most don’t. Most of my Essay is in my own paraphrasing but at times I need to use direct quotes from the Article. So my sentences lead right into the quotes.


    Would I need to place a comma? Example:

    (…from other tissues, “such as bone…)

    In one part I refer to the Engineers in my paraphrasing so no comma is necessary. Is that correct?

    Thanks for any Help.

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    Re: Rules of Comma Placement before Quotations

    Quote Originally Posted by Infrastructure View Post
    Hey,

    I was just wondering what that Rules are. Because I usually place a comma before I quote a sentence but opening a Newspaper today I seemed to notice most don’t. Most of my Essay is in my own paraphrasing but at times I need to use direct quotes from the Article. So my sentences lead right into the quotes.

    Would I need to place a comma? Example:

    (…from other tissues, “such as bone…)

    In one part I refer to the Engineers in my paraphrasing so no comma is necessary. Is that correct?

    Thanks for any Help.
    Styles differ. Here's what I do, and no one's complained.
    If the sentences follows on logically, I might not use a comma: They were able to extract DNA from "other tissues such as bone and cartilage" (Smith, 2009).
    Otherwise, I'd use a comma.

    Sometimes, journalists will try to fit as much as possible in the little space they are given. This occurs more often in physical rather than online newspapers.

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    Re: Rules of Comma Placement before Quotations

    Thank You.

    I have a follow up Question. When Citing In Text after a Quote do you do it like:

    such as bone marrow and skeletal muscle. (Author 1 and Author 2, 2004).

    or

    such as bone marrow and skeletal muscle." (Author 1 and Author 2, 2004).

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    Re: Rules of Comma Placement before Quotations

    Use the second version.

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    Re: Rules of Comma Placement before Quotations

    Quote Originally Posted by Infrastructure View Post
    Thank You.

    I have a follow up Question. When Citing In Text after a Quote do you do it like:

    such as bone marrow and skeletal muscle. (Author 1 and Author 2, 2004).

    or

    such as bone marrow and skeletal muscle." (Author 1 and Author 2, 2004).
    You really need to download a style guide, either MLA, APA, Harvard.
    Many Universities print these and le you download them.

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    Re: Rules of Comma Placement before Quotations

    I lack the time right now to do just that. I might when I have more Free time available. I have already looked at MLA and I was confident I knew the rules of MLA but today I had to re-think that.

    The Forum is handy thats why I asked. A collective of Language Instructors is quicker than a 400 page manual.

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