The Great God Pan Continued!
Thursday March 1, 2018!
Common Writing Mistakes!
-The titles of novels should be in italics!
•i.e. Heart of Darkness !
-Short story titles and articles should be in quotations!
•i.e. “Young Goodman Brown”!
-With articles in books or journals, the article should be in quotations while the book/
journal title should be in italics!
-Note that short story title is in quotations, if a novel title appeared in an article title, it
would be in italics!
-Must introduce quotes with a signal phrase!
•The titular character exclaims, “[m]y Faith is gone”!
-It is possible to place your signal phrase after your quote!
-But a quote should never stand alone as a sentence
-You could do this with a colon!
•i.e. “My Faith is gone”: this exclamating by the titular character has both a literal
and allegorical meaning!
-You can also introduce a quote with a colon!
-Along with including signal phrases, you must integrate your quote so that the overall
sentence is grammatically correct!
•Grammatically incorrect: Young Goodman Brown realized that his “Faith is gone.”!
•Grammatically correct: Young Goodman Brown realizes that his “Faith is gone.”
OR Young Goodmand Brown realized that his “Faith [was] gone.”!
-You can change the quote by adding or removing words with square brackets!
-If the ﬁrst letter of your quote is an upper case letter, but is not a proper name, and
comes after your signal phrase, you must use square brackets to turn into a lower
-Quotes shouldn’t be in italics unless italics are used in the primary text!
-A proper sentence, or independent clause, must have a subject and a predicate!
-A predicate can be a verb (action) or the combination of a verb and an object and
any modiﬁers thereof (adverbs, adjectives)!
•i.e. The woman walked.!