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D00M
Posted: Friday, December 01, 2017 2:18:34 AM

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Hello respected teachers,

What would you usually say when you want to quote someone?

e.g:
According to Shakespeare, brevity is the soul of wit.

As Shakespeare says, brevity is the soul of wit.

Are both common?



I am looking forward to your answers.
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Friday, December 01, 2017 11:09:10 AM

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Both can be used - also you could say

To quote Shakespeare: "Brevity is the soul of wit."
- this requires an exact quote.

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I use both of your phrases.

Usually when it is something just recently said I would use "As _____ said . . ."

When quoting an "Authority" (the Oxford Dictionary, Fowler (who wrote a book about grammar) and so on) I say "According to ____"

Wyrd bið ful aræd - bull!
Abdullah 123
Posted: Monday, December 04, 2017 11:23:27 PM

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hi what happened? ;)
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