Use of Quotes

Our Policy on the Use of Quotations

We understand that members occasionally desire or need to ask grammar-related questions about sentences or phrases that were written by others, and it is perfectly acceptable for you to do so. However, if you wish to include sentences or phrases in a post that were not originally written by you, you must do two things:

1) You must show punctuationally that they are not your words.
2) You must cite what you have taken the text from.

The easiest way to adhere to (1) is "to use quotation marks." (Notice that you can even use quotation marks to enclose parts of sentences, namely, the parts that were not written by you.) Or you may use the block-quotation function within the composition box. This is especially useful for larger quotations.

The easiest way to adhere to (2), if the quotation is from something online, is to provide a hyperlink, though it is also good to cite the source in words. A hyperlink is but the bare minimum that is required -- besides, of course, the use of quotation punctuation. If the source is not available online, then you must cite it.

Every member is expected to conform to the above guidelines. As to asking about test questions or items that you find in tests or in grammar textbooks, that is also acceptable. But please tell us what test or grammar textbook you have taken the item from and try to state what perplexes you about it.

Thank you for your cooperation.

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