How should you address direct quotations? "He said I am from Pakistan."

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Question: How should you address direct quotations?

a) He said I am from Pakistan.

b) He said [I am from Pakistan].

c) He said, “I am from Pakistan.”

d) He said ‘I am from Pakistan.’

According to transcription guidelines the correct option is

c) He said, “I am from Pakistan.”



The option C is correct because according to grammar rule, we use double quotation “” for direct quotation. The option A, B and D are incorrect because main error is double quotation mark is not use and some other errors.


How should you address direct quotations?

Quotation marks

Ø  Double quotation marks "" are used whenever there is a direct quotation. Example: She said, "Don't bother telling me." Quotations are introduced by a comma, not a colon.

Ø   Internal dialogues are seen as direct quotations as well. Example: And then I thought to myself, "What if I can't make it?" (Notice how the question mark is inside of the quotation. This is because the quotation itself is a question. However, if the rest of the sentence is a question containing a quotation, then the question mark would be outside of the quotation marks).

Ø   When quoting, the first word of a complete sentence should be capitalized.

Ø   Do not use quotation marks in indirect quotations (when the speaker paraphrases what has been said). Example: The man said that he was in a hurry.

Ø  Commas and periods always go inside the quotation marks.






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