A Comma Before the Quote

Margie Wakeman Wells The Comma, The Quotation Mark 8 Comments

I am BACK!! I hope your holidays were glorious. Mine were lovely even though I was really down and out sick with a throat “thing.” I think that, after almost three weeks, I am finally getting better. Can you say “froggy”? The question of whether to put a comma before quotes when quoting from a document came up on Facebook. …

The Quotation Mark and Caps

Margie Wakeman Wells The Quotation Mark, Uncategorized 4 Comments

The rule is that the first word of a quote is capped if it begins a grammatically complete thought or anything that stands for a complete thought. Otherwise, it is lowercase. …Q  Where were you all headed that morning? …A  We were headed to work. …Q  When you say, “We were headed to work,” do you mean to your regular …

Made-Up Words

Margie Wakeman Wells The Quotation Mark 2 Comments

When someone makes up a word that looks like an English word and can be readily spelled, the rule is that the word should be quoted. There is no need to use [sic] after such a word. The quotes clue the reader that something is unusual about the word. …It was “dramastically” reduced in size. …There was always “insinuendo” about …

Quote Marks After the Word “That”

Margie Wakeman Wells The Quotation Mark, Uncategorized 2 Comments

The rule about no quotes after the word “that” is for good grammar. After the word “that” in good grammar, the words should be an indirect quote or a paraphrase. In “bad” grammar, people get to say it whatever way they like, resulting in the need to use quotes after the word “that.” …I said that “You have to get …

…don’t mean “will” will…

Margie Wakeman Wells The Quotation Mark 1 Comment

As long as I have been in this field, I have never been asked this question until recently — and it has come up at least ten times in the past six months! Weird. What do we do with this? …I don’t mean “will” will. …He isn’t really “right” right. The first word is in the category of a word …