Using quotations and useful phrases

When quoting from a text, remember to:

  • use quotation marks
  • quote accurately
  • quotes of three words or fewer can be used in the sentence you are writing - for example, when the writer talks about the ‘futility of life’ he means...
  • short, well-chosen quotations are better than long ones , so that you can give more precise analysis

Remember that certain words and phrases are helpful when you're explaining an idea in some detail, especially if you are commenting on implicit meaning.

The following list shows some of those phrases:

  • this implies
  • this suggests
  • which gives the impression that
  • possibly
  • perhaps
  • this indicates that
  • this shows
  • obviously

Some other words and phrases that may be useful are those that help connect or move your argument on. These are called connectives.

Here are some examples:

  • however
  • therefore
  • in contrast
  • because
  • but
  • and
  • furthermore
  • also
  • then
  • at first
  • later
  • as well be
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