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Comments on: Note to world: MLA style specifies double-spacing of block quotations http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2008/06/22/note-to-world-mla-style-specifies-double-spacing-of-block-quotations/ "A man needn't go far to find a subject, if he's ready with his salt-box."--Uncle Pumblechook Wed, 14 May 2014 19:32:14 +0000 hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 By: Heather http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2008/06/22/note-to-world-mla-style-specifies-double-spacing-of-block-quotations/comment-page-1/#comment-207216 Thu, 09 Aug 2012 18:53:40 +0000 http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2008/06/22/note-to-world-mla-style-specifies-double-spacing-of-block-quotations/#comment-207216 Thank you so much for this clarification! Would you believe that I’m an English teacher and have taught for years to single-space block quotations? I had a professor in college who swore by it. You have corrected about 200 students this year from learning the incorrect format. Thank you again.

By: jbj http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2008/06/22/note-to-world-mla-style-specifies-double-spacing-of-block-quotations/comment-page-1/#comment-10716 Tue, 24 Jun 2008 03:11:34 +0000 http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2008/06/22/note-to-world-mla-style-specifies-double-spacing-of-block-quotations/#comment-10716 @Dance: In speech, sure, I’ll use quote as a noun. But I usually start railing about this at about the same time I’m explaining that writing shouldn’t be just speech. (My purest psychotic rage is reserved for those who use the present progressive instead of the simple present.)

@Brian: I don’t mind change. But if a stylesheet gets specified–then use the ^#@^ stylesheet! And I agree about the soothing rituals of such practices . . .

By: Brian http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2008/06/22/note-to-world-mla-style-specifies-double-spacing-of-block-quotations/comment-page-1/#comment-10711 Mon, 23 Jun 2008 13:03:36 +0000 http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2008/06/22/note-to-world-mla-style-specifies-double-spacing-of-block-quotations/#comment-10711 As an undergrad, I spent an inordinate amount of time reading the MLA Handbook for fear of losing points on some arcana of MLA formatting. (Plus, it was a convenient, mind-soothing, and rote exercise to do after I’d finished a draft but before I wanted to engage in the bloodletting of editing.) As such, I’ve always been annoyed to see single-spaced block quotations.

I also lament the shift from ellipses in square brackets “[…]” to the abandonment of the brackets in the transition from editions 5 to 6. What are we coming to as a profession?

By: Dance http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2008/06/22/note-to-world-mla-style-specifies-double-spacing-of-block-quotations/comment-page-1/#comment-10709 Mon, 23 Jun 2008 12:28:44 +0000 http://www.jbj.wordherders.net/2008/06/22/note-to-world-mla-style-specifies-double-spacing-of-block-quotations/#comment-10709 Well, Chicago/history demands single-spaced block quotations, so I’m sure that doesn’t help students keep it straight. But I’ll start pointing out that is different from MLA.

I have almost joined the dark side on “quote” as a noun, as least in speech.