Indirect quoting help?
I have never been formally taught how to indirect quote, but I am obligated to do so in an essay for a class. My main question is: Does an indirect quote only cover a sentence or many sentences at a time? Can it represent many sentences at a time?
If you have any other tips for me, that would be great. I need them!
- ca53buckeyeLv 47 years agoFavorite Answer
"An indirect quotation reports someone's words without quoting word for word: Annabelle said that she is a Virgo. A direct quotation presents the exact words of a speaker or writer, set off with quotation marks: Annabelle said, 'I am a Virgo.' Unannounced shifts from indirect to direct quotations are distracting and confusing, especially when the writer fails to insert the necessary quotation marks."
(Diane Hacker, The Bedford Handbook, 6th ed. Bedford/St. Martin's, 2002)