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Koh Elaine
Posted: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 9:07:07 PM
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"The Macau branch of China Interpol has received a request from the relevant country and has made a reply,” the Macau Federal Police Department was quoted saying in a statement.

“However, the person responsible for the relevant country’s national police force’s recent statements to the media regarding news about Macau is not in line with facts. The police force regrets this deeply.

“Following the provisions of the law, the police force does not openly reveal an individual’s entry and exit information,” it added.

Is "it added" required and, if so, what is the reason?

Thanks.
Hope123
Posted: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 10:56:20 PM

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Hi Elaine.

"It added" tells who the speaker is in a direct quote.

Why are there quotation marks at the beginning of both of the last two statements of the excerpt and none at the end of the penultimate one?

There are several other changes I would make so it is more understandable and correct but you only asked for one specific answer.

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Koh Elaine
Posted: Thursday, July 12, 2018 2:34:03 AM
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Thanks, Hope.

You can change the sentence, no problem.

Audiendus
Posted: Thursday, July 12, 2018 7:17:32 AM
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Hope123 wrote:
Why are there quotation marks at the beginning of both of the last two statements of the excerpt and none at the end of the penultimate one?

Where a single quotation is split into different whole paragraphs, the closing (but not the opening) quotation marks of each part are often omitted, except at the very end, to show that the quotation is continuous.

"It added" is probably there as a reminder of who made the quote. ("The Macau Federal Police Department was quoted..." was two paragraphs earlier, so a reminder was presumably thought necessary.)
Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Thursday, July 12, 2018 5:18:35 PM

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Yes - there are two quotations - and two "attributing statements".

It is a bit 'awkward' because the reporter is reporting 'third-hand', The reporter says what 'the statement' (probably a press release) says - but 'the statement' is quoting what the Police Department said. So this is a report of a statement of a release by the police.

"The Macau branch of China Interpol has received a request from the relevant country and has made a reply,” the Macau Federal Police Department was quoted saying in a statement.

That was one quotation and 'attributing statement'.

“However, the person responsible for the relevant country’s national police force’s recent statements to the media regarding news about Macau is not in line with facts. The police force regrets this deeply.
“Following the provisions of the law, the police force does not openly reveal an individual’s entry and exit information,”
it added.

That was another quotation and attributing statement.
"It" (in 'it added') is the statement which quoted the Police Department.


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Hope123
Posted: Thursday, July 12, 2018 6:31:50 PM

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Drago,

It was late, I read it three times, and still did not find it very understandable. I wondered about the quotes and why they didn't put the two statements that belonged together, together. That's why I said I would make changes.

I also would have substituted 'sent' for 'made' a reply. I would have left out the word 'saying' - 'was quoted in a statement'.



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Drag0nspeaker
Posted: Thursday, July 12, 2018 6:52:38 PM

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Yes - it is awkward. We don't know who issued the statement which quotes the Police Department.
We don't know whether there was anything more said between paragraphs 1 and 2.
Because it is a direct quote, we can't change the wording.
We don't know whether the first bit should end in a full stop, or if there is more to the sentence (I've guessed at a full stop).
We don't know whether the end of the quote is the end of a sentence (I've guessed that it is).

A statement was issued by __________ quoting the Macau Police Department:
"The Macau branch of China Interpol has received a request from the relevant country and has made a reply.”
. . .
“However, the person responsible for the relevant country’s national police force’s recent statements to the media regarding news about Macau is not in line with facts. The police force regrets this deeply.
“Following the provisions of the law, the police force does not openly reveal an individual’s entry and exit information."


OR

A statement was issued quoting the Macau Police Department:
“The Macau branch of China Interpol has received a request from the relevant country and has made a reply.
“However, the person responsible for the relevant country’s national police force’s recent statements to the media regarding news about Macau is not in line with facts. The police force regrets this deeply.
“Following the provisions of the law, the police force does not openly reveal an individual’s entry and exit information."


In normal British punctuation (both major styles), where a quote is several paragraphs long and is continuous, there are inverted commas at the start of each paragraph, but only at the end of the last one.

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leonAzul
Posted: Thursday, July 12, 2018 7:26:54 PM

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Koh Elaine wrote:
"The Macau branch of China Interpol has received a request from the relevant country and has made a reply,” the Macau Federal Police Department was quoted saying in a statement.

“However, the person responsible for the relevant country’s national police force’s recent statements to the media regarding news about Macau is not in line with facts. The police force regrets this deeply.

“Following the provisions of the law, the police force does not openly reveal an individual’s entry and exit information,” it added.

Is "it added" required and, if so, what is the reason?

Thanks.


It is also possible that the last quotation is not continuous. In other words, instead of an ellipses (…), the phrase "it added" was applied in order to indicate that the last quotation was separate from the main statement.


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