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Errors in Using Quotations

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… here’s another quick writing tip from one of my favorite sites

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5 Errors in Treating Quotations.

1. “When an attribution (“so and so said/wrote/agreed”) leads into the quotation without intervening punctuation; the quotation becomes part of a framing sentence, and the first word of the original quotation is not capitalized.

Original: Alfred North Whitehead wrote that “The best education is to be found in gaining the utmost information from the simplest apparatus.”
Better: “Alfred North Whitehead wrote that ‘the best education is to be found in gaining the utmost information from the simplest apparatus.’”

2. Attribution should be delayed until a break between two clauses:

Original: “‘We knew,’ Jones says, ‘that the company would eventually become a major competitor, but, without a relationship, we thought we were in danger of not achieving ubiquity.’”
Better: “‘We knew that the company would eventually become a major competitor,’ Jones says, ‘but, without a relationship, we thought we were in danger of not achieving ubiquity.’”

3. In a quotation of two or more sentences, place [the attribution] between the first and second sentences.

Original: “‘Schools may be the last place,’” Smith said, ‘where the government is funding us to gather together into public forums to have conversations. We have got to protect that.’”
Better: “‘Schools may be the last place where the government is funding us to gather together into public forums to have conversations,’ Smith said. ‘We have got to protect that.’”

More samples here.