The exact words spoken by another person can take the form of a quote. Sometimes we refer to this as "direct speech." The punctuation that indicates direct speech comes in the form of quotation marks (").

In these examples, the word "quote" is a verb:

  • The reporters quoted the President of the United States when they wrote their articles about his speech.
  • "I’m not in favor of this idea," he said. "You can quote me on that."
  • Our teacher is able to quote Shakespeare very easily.

In these examples, the word "quote" is a noun:

  • There were many memorable quotes that came out of the speech.
  • The teacher asked us to use at least three quotes in our paper.
  • "It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it." This well known quotation from Aristotle is worthy of consideration among political opponents.

Note: The words "quote" and "quotation" are very similar as nouns.

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This page was first published on October 14, 2012. It was updated on April 17, 2015.