1. If you put quotation marks around a sentence, you don’t need to change it to fit grammatically with the
2. An ellipsis can be used to cut out words from the quote that aren’t necessary to include.
3. Brackets are used just like parenthesis inside quotation marks.
1. False. You need to make sure that the direct quotation makes sense grammatically and is clear. If necessary, you can use
brackets to make change to a pronoun or verb tense.
2. True. You can replace unnecessary words in the quotation with an ellipsis.
Adapted from "Using someone else's words: Quote, summarize, and paraphrase your way to success" © Center for Teaching and Faculty Development at San Francisco State University. Adapted with permission.