Changing Capitalization In A Quote
Consider the sentences below and note the lack of capitalization in quotes within these sentences.
Changing capitalization in a quote. The square brackets around r and them indicate that these are the writer s modifications and do not appear in the original source text. When the quote is a piece of a bigger quote or a sentence fragment no capitalization is necessary. Capitalize the first letter if the quotation appears after a verb of saying regardless of the case used in the source but flag any alterations you make.
She said the motorcycle slid sideways and skidded about 100 feet. All your basic dos and don ts those are still relevant. Can i silently change the initial capital letter in a quotation to fit the quotation syntactically into my sentence.
In example 1 in order for the direct quotation to fit into the writer s sentence the capitalized letter at the beginning of the quote and the pronoun at the end need to be changed. In order to better integrate your quotation into your text you can change the capitalization of the first letter of the first word without indicating that you changed the text apa 2020 p. A quotation that follows a verb of saying e g writes says states exclaims and is run in to your text is introduced with a comma and begins with a capital letter.
The square brackets around r and them indicate that these are the writer s modifications and do not appear in the original source text. As the mla handbook advises unless indicated in square brackets or parentheses changes must not be made in the spelling capitalization or interior punctuation of the source 75. For a single sentence of quotation enclose only the speaker s words in double quotation marks.
In example 1 in order for the direct quotation to fit into the writer s sentence the capitalized letter at the beginning of the quote and the pronoun at the end need to be changed. Sometimes the text inside quotation marks is capitalized other times it isn t. 13 13 changing capitalization to suit syntax an overview 13 14 initial capital or lowercase run in quotations 13 15 initial capital or lowercase block quotations.
If the first quoted word begins with a lowercase letter in your source use a capital letter enclosed in square brackets to indicate that you ve altered the source. Capitalization of the quoted material depends on the material itself if you re quoting a complete sentence you should start the quote with a capital letter even if the quote is placed in the middle of a sentence. If the attribution precedes the quotation put a comma at the end of the attribution.
William butler yeats said that education should not be passive and dull but that it should be seen as lighting a fire. As well some punctuation marks at the end of a quotation may be changed to fit the syntax of the sentence in which the quotation appears as long as meaning is not changed apa 2020 p.