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    Quoting speech but without using inverted comma's

    Is it compulsory to use inverted commas when quoting the actual words said when replying to a question - see below. It all looked a little to formal to me so I did not. Is this acceptable? (could be written better)

    When asked if I could complete the outstanding work on Thursday (yesterday) I replied that I would try my hardest but could not promise that it would be the case. The only assurance given by me was that it would be completed by Friday and it has been.
    Last edited by boozl; 28-Feb-2011 at 11:08. Reason: opening sentence could be written better

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    Re: Quoting speech but without using inverted comma's

    Quote Originally Posted by boozl View Post
    Is it compulsory to use inverted commas when quoting the actual words said when replying to a question - see below. It all looked a little to formal to me so I did not. Is this acceptable?


    When asked if I could complete the outstanding work on Thursday (yesterday) I replied that I would try my hardest but could not promise that it would be the case. The only assurance given by me was that it would be completed by Friday and it has been.
    Yes it's fine, because you have used "that", it's not a direct quote.
    Last edited by bhaisahab; 28-Feb-2011 at 15:13. Reason: punctuation

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    Re: Quoting speech but without using inverted comma's

    Side note: the title of your thread had "comma's" with an apostrophe used to form the plural. Don't do this. The plural of comma is commas.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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