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    Quotation Question

    Ex1: They agreed that "crimes happen more in the slums."

    Ex2: They agreed that, "Crimes happen more in the slums."
    *A comma is added after that, and C is capitalized.

    Ex3: They agreed that, "crimes happen more in the slums."
    *Comma is added after "that."

    Ex4: They agreed that "Crimes happen more in the slums"
    *Notice the capitalization of C.

    Usually: They agreed, "Crimes happen more in the slums."

    I am aware that usually when a full sentence is being quoted, "that" is deleted and a comma takes place in its place (see "Usually"). But I wonder if any of the above examples (4) are acceptable.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: Quotation Question

    Ex1: They agreed that "crimes happen more in the slums."
    Indirect speech - the inverted commas (quotation marks) are not required.

    Ex2: They agreed that, "Crimes happen more in the slums." *A comma is added after that, and C is capitalized.
    Presented as direct speech - possible, though better without 'that'

    Ex3: They agreed that, "crimes happen more in the slums." *Comma is added after "that."
    An odd mix - not recommended.

    Ex4: They agreed that "Crimes happen more in the slums" *Notice the capitalization of C.
    Another odd mix.

    They agreed, "Crimes happen more in the slums."
    Fine

    You may well see different ways of punctuating sentences; English has very few absolute rules. Different publishers follow different conventions, and individuals tend to follow common sense rather than books of rules.

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    Re: Quotation Question

    [QUOTE=fivejedjon;815621]

    individuals tend to follow common sense rather than books of rules.


    NOT A TEACHER

    Dear Member Vcolts:

    (1) I just read an article in the London Review of Books, a very scholarly magazine.

    (2) One very well-educated writer had this "quotation":

    No, he told us, I don't carry manga or anime, we sell wrinkly old comics to wrinkly

    old people.

    (a) Note that the author used no quotation marks.

    (b) Note, too, that he "incorrectly" used a comma after "anime" (instead of a semicolon).

    (3) I think this example shows very clearly what Teacher Fivejedjon told us about "rules."

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