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Quotation

A quotation is shown by placing it between quotation marks.  It is the use of words that have been previously spoken or written.

Examples:

"I find that the harder I work, the more luck I seem to have."
Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826)
"Never interrupt your enemy when he is making a mistake."
Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) 

When introducing a quotation with an expression like "He said" or "She claimed", a comma or a colon usually precedes the quotation.

Example:

Sherlock Holmes turned to Watson and said: "Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth."
 
Interactive example:
  
Making his point, he said: "It is a situation, up with which I will not put." [show me the quotation]
Associated pages:
 
Colon or comma before quotation (speech) marks?
Three dots (ellipsis) in quotation (speech) marks
Punctuation inside or outside quotation (speech) marks?
Quotation (speech) marks for ships, plays, books, etc.
Double or single quotation (speech) marks?
Quotation (speech) marks meaning 'alleged' or 'so-called'
Glossary of grammatical terms
 
 

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