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!

Thank you

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  • 7 years ago
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    "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)

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