« Super Shortcuts to ©-§—¶…®! (Typing Popular Symbols) | Main | You’ve Got the Power: For Good or Evil »

09/12/2012

Comments

Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

Yawningdogblog.wordpress.com

Hi Carol --

I think I might edit the second one a little differently:

The cost of the food would be paid by the diners, "who will presumably fatten both themselves and their wallets by means of the event.”

Or maybe even:

The cost of the food would be paid by the diners, who "will presumably fatten both themselves and their wallets by means of the event.”

Can't put my finger on why, but these read better to me. Or would that be putting too much of the original quote into unquoted territory?
Kate

Carol Fisher Saller

Kate, I think your first version reads more smoothly. There are usually a number of ways to tweak, and every reader will have a preference, but I like your revision!

Thanks,
Carol

Wealhtheow

Some days I think I would be happy if my authors would just follow the most basic rule of quoting: If someone else wrote it, put it in quotation marks. Because all the other stuff I can fix.

Also: If you don't understand what you're quoting, don't.

Wealhtheow

By which of course I meant "Don't quote it."

Patricia Boyd

Thanks especially for example number 1. Still, I don't eliminate these pedestrian quotes when I'm told to copyedit a book lightly and when the author is resistant to changes. But when I become queen of the world, I will not allow quotes like these. Also, I will not allow any preface to contain the word "journey." Thank you. I feel better now.

Pstartek

I prefer the period after the quotation marks in these instances.

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Working...
Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been posted. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.

Working...

Post a comment

My Photo

Moonlight Blogger

Become a Facebook Fan

Guest Artists