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09/07/2019

How do you “frame” a quote?

QUESTION
How do you “frame” a quote?
i remember doing it in English a year ago, but how to, not so much….

ANSWER
Depending on the context, it could mean much more than simply using quotation marks correctly and giving credit to the source. If the context is how to fit a quotation into an essay, then “framing” also includes how you introduce the quote and how you weave it into your own writing.

I’ll give a couple of simple, silly examples off the top of my head.

You could write:

“I like flowers. John Doe wrote, ‘I especially like tulips.'”

That’s an example of very little framing. The quote is not well woven into your own writing. Here’s another way to do it:

“I like flowers. Some of my favorites are roses and lilies. John Doe was also a lover of flowers. He once wrote ‘I especially like tulips.’ Tulips aren’t my favorite, but I can appreciate his sentiment.”

That’s an example of more complete framing. It weaves the quote into your own ideas.

I hope this helps.