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How To Use Block Quotes

How To Use Block Quotes

Learn how to use block quotes correctly with VideoJug's help. This film explains the conventional way of punctuating English writing with block quotes.

Step 1: Indentation

The exact size of the indentation is unimportant, as long as the text is clearly different to the rest of the document. If your quote begins its paragraph, keep the paragraph indent intact.

Step 2: Introducing block quotes

You should end your introduction to a block quote with a full stop or a colon and begin the quote with a capital letter:

According to the BBC:
Mr. Blair said he had read the transcript of Mr. Larijani's speech and it "seems to offer some prospect but the most important thing is to get these people back". He said from the start of the talks, Britain had two tracks - firstly to make Iran understand that "the pressure is there", and secondly that the "door is open" to diplomacy.

Step 3: Quotes that follow on

However, if you're using the quote to follow-on from your initial sentence, you should use a comma, and you don't need to use a capital letter if the sentence you're quoting didn't start with one:

The BBC reports that Mr. Blair,
said he had read the transcript of Mr. Larijani's speech and it "seems to offer some prospect but the most important thing is to get these people back". He said from the start of the talks, Britain had two tracks - firstly to make Iran understand that "the pressure is there", and secondly that the "door is open" to diplomacy.

Note that quotes within the quote still appear in quotation marks.

Step 4: Dialogue

When you are block-quoting dialogue from a play or a film , you should indent each new speech.