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A quote is when someone repeats a sentence, phrase, or section from a speech or document that they have previously stated or written. A quotative marker, such as a verb of saying, is used to introduce the representation of an utterance (i.e., something that a speaker really said) in oral discourse. “I saw Mary today,” John, for example, stated.

In addition to quotative indicators, distinctive prosody is used to signify quotations in oral discourse. Quotations in written text are denoted by quote marks. Quotations are also used to provide well-known statement sections that are clearly credited to their original source through reference; such statements are denoted by (punctuated by) quotation marks.

Quotations are frequently employed in literature to illustrate a person’s point of view. They’re also commonly utilized in spoken language when an interlocutor wants to communicate a suggestion that they’ve heard through the grapevine.

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Quotations are used for a variety of reasons, including illuminating the meaning or supporting the arguments of the work being quoted, providing direct information about the work being quoted (whether to discuss it positively or negatively), paying homage to the original work or author, making the user of the quotation appear well-read, and/or complying with copyright law.

Quotations are frequently printed as a source of inspiration and to elicit philosophical ideas from the reader. In a pragmatic sense, quotes may be used to control social order and structure as language games (in the Wittgensteinian understanding of the word).

Famous quotations are usually compiled in volumes known as quotation dictionaries or treasure chests. The most credible and extensive sources are Bartlett’s Familiar Quotations, The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations, The Columbia Dictionary of Quotations, The Yale Book of Quotations, and The Macmillan Book of Proverbs, Maxims, and Famous Phrases.

For pleasure or inspiration, quotations are frequently included in diaries and calendars, and tiny, dedicated sections in newspapers and weekly magazines”with recent quotations by prominent figures on current topics”have also become popular.

Many quotes are frequently erroneous or ascribed to the wrong authors, and quotations from lesser-known or obscure authors are frequently given to far more renowned authors. Winston Churchill, for example, is credited with many political statements of unknown provenance, while Oscar Wilde is frequently credited with anonymous hilarious quips.

“Beam me up, Scotty,” the Star Trek catchphrase, did not occur in that form in the original series. “Just the facts, ma’am” (attributed to Joe Friday’s character on Dragnet), “Heavy lies the crown” from Shakespeare’s Henry IV, Part 2, “Elementary, my dear Watson” (attributed to Sherlock Holmes; however, it was said in the films The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and The Return of Sherlock Holmes), “Luke, I am your father” (attributed to Darth Vader in Star Wars), “Play it again, Sam” (attributed to Ilsa in Casablanca), and ” (attributed to Gold Hat in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre).

In situations where the direct quotation might come before or after a verb of speaking, quotative inversion happens. It can cause the verb and the verb’s subject to be inverted. Subject-verb inversion is more common in written works than in spoken ones. Quotations can come before or after the inverted verb, as in: “I am going to follow you for the rest of my life,” stated the man, and “I see you with both my eyes,” said the lady.

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