From Chapter 9, 'Quotations and Quotation Marks'

9.1   General

Quotation marks should normally be reserved for indicating direct quotations, definitions of words, or for otherwise highlighting a word or phrase. Avoid the practice of using quotation marks as an oblique excuse for a loose, slang, or imprecise (and possibly inaccurate) word or phrase.

In quoted passages in English follow the original for spelling, capitalization, italics, and punctuation (but see 2.4, 5.3, 5.7, 9.3, and 9.4).

Prose quotations of no more than forty words in a single paragraph or verse quotations of no more than two lines are considered short quotations, and are to be treated as in 9.3 below. All other quotations should be treated as long quotations, as in 9.4 below. If, however, several short quotations come close together and are compared or contrasted or otherwise set out as examples, it may be appropriate to treat them together as a long quotation.


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