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  1. Punctuate THIS!

    Punctuate THIS! Member

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    Implied quote

    Discussion in 'Word Mechanics' started by Punctuate THIS!, Sep 16, 2009.

    If my character "gestures" to say something, such as a roll of the eyes to say, "thats stupid," should the implied quote be held in quotation marks?
     
  2. A2theDre

    A2theDre Active Member

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    No. You would just show that the character rolled their eyes.

    Edit: try and give enough description so that the reader knows what the gesture is trying to accomplish.
     
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    arron89 Banned

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    Why would you need to explain the meaning of a gesture anyway? People understand what rolling the eyes means...
     
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    its just an example. I was representing more comples gestures that arnt so specific.
     
  5. Cogito

    Cogito Former Mod, Retired Supporter Contributor

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    Careful with gestures, though. Cultural differences can completely transform the meaning, if you aren't careful.

    That isn't limited to gestures, of course.

    Consider:
    To most of the English-speaking world, this means Jonthan is very, very angry. However, in Australia it means Jonathan is falling-down drunk.
     
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    mammamaia nit-picker-in-chief Contributor

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    i know what you're referring to and yes, the 'implied quote' as you call it must be in " " because it's still referring to something that is spoken, even if not being said at that moment...
     
  7. Punctuate THIS!

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    thank you, that was very helpful :)
     

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