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    Hi. Just a quick Q about quotes in exams. If I want to say this :

    'The quality of mercy is not strain'd.
    It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
    Upon the place beneath.'

    Do I do this:

    'The quality of mercy is not strain'd. / It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven / Upon the place beneath.'

    Or this:

    The quality of mercy is not strain'd. .... It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven ... Upon the place beneath.'
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    The examiner won't mark you down either way I think, so long they can understand what you are writing. After all they're marking you on your own writing, not the original text they give you. I use to quote poems lines (if I was quoting multiple lines) by using commas.
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    Personally I would either do the / 's (or just start it on a new line if you're not embedding it in a sentence) - but I'm only GCSE level so probably not the best person to ask - hope it helps anyway,

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    I would separate lines with slashes (/), as otherwise it looks like you've omitted parts of the quotation.
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    / for defs.
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    I do two, like this //, between lines. But if you really want to do three lines of quotation I'd be tempted not to embed the quotes at all. Do it like this:

    In this passage xxx is well demonstrated:
    'The quality of mercy is not strain'd.
    It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
    Upon the place beneath.'
    Here, x shows...

    If you really don't want to, though, then definitely two strokes - on ecan look like punctuation, but there's no mistaking two.
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    (Original post by skevvybritt)
    I do two, like this //, between lines. But if you really want to do three lines of quotation I'd be tempted not to embed the quotes at all. Do it like this:

    In this passage xxx is well demonstrated:
    'The quality of mercy is not strain'd.
    It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven
    Upon the place beneath.'
    Here, x shows...

    If you really don't want to, though, then definitely two strokes - on ecan look like punctuation, but there's no mistaking two.
    Okay.. I'll take your word for it!
 
 
 
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