How to Use Quotations

Step 1: L.A. Times is already a credible source, so there does not need to be an introduction to “Joe Potato”.

4 Ways to Integrate a Quotation:

  1. Single phrase set off by a comma. This characterizes the author. Less of the author present.
  2. Single verb with a “that” clause. The brackets she added is using your own words that weren’t in the quotation originally, but it is used to make the reading make more sense.
  3. Single clause or full sentence set off by a colon
  4. Quotation integrated in the grammar of the sentence. Blends the essay author’s idea with Amy Tan’s original work. Probably the hardest to use but it’s the best way to use it for a nice blend.

Commentary: The commentary on the logic of the passage would say how the quote was used and point out the flaws and disagreements in it. The commentary on the language used in the passage to describe the quote and gives an explanation. The two types of commentary can both be used in the writings we will write to get opinions through.


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