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C apitalization: Direct Quotations
 
Lesson 5-37
Prompt:The first word of a direct quotation is capitalized: She said, "Please don't quote me if it is being printed." If the quotation is interrupted, the second part of the quotation is not capitalized: "Please don't quote me," she said, "if it is being printed." The first word of a quotation is not capitalized if what is being quoted is really part of the sentence: Mother made it perfectly clear that "homework comes before entertainment."
Directions:The sentences below either show errors in capitalization or are correct as shown. Click to select the word or words that you feel should be correctly capitalized but are not capitalized or are capitalized in error, or select "(correct as is)" at the end of each sentence.
1.our coach reminded us that "winning was the result of hard work." (correct as is)
2.the note read, "please pick us up at 5:00 P.M." (correct as is)
3."remember to capitalize the first word," she said, "of each sentence or direct quotation." (correct as is)
4."do not capitalize," she emphasized, "a quotation that is really part of the sentence." (correct as is)
5.our teacher taught us that "capitalization is a capital subject." (correct as is)
6.Do you have those capitalization skills? (correct as is)
7.Is the first word of a sentence fragment capitalized? (correct as is)
8.the capitalization rule "capitalize the first word of a sentence or sentence fragment used as a sentence" is very clear. (correct as is)
9.the fragment "of course" is a sentence within the context of its meaning. (correct as is)
10."ask not what your country can do for you;" President Kennedy said, "ask what you can do for your country." (correct as is)
11.Should I capitalize a quoted word that was not capitalized in the original quote? (correct as is)
12.quote the original exactly. (correct as is)
13."how," she asked, "can I show an error in the quotation without readers thinking it was my error?" (correct as is)
14.brackets [ ] may be used to interrupt a quotation. (correct as is)
15.the use of the Latin [sic] within the brackets shows that a peculiar error (not yours) has been made in the preceding word. (correct as is)
16."give me your tired, your poor, Your [sic] huddled masses yearning to be free." (correct as is)
17.brackets [ ] may be used to insert needed information in a quotation. (correct as is)
18.she confessed, "My favorite performers are Britney [Spears] and Celine [Dion]." (correct as is)
19.an ellipsis mark shown as ... is used to show that something has been omitted from a quotation. (correct as is)
20.in responding to the questions, the candidate stated, "The report is false ... and, I have nothing to hide." (correct as is)