Rule for Incorporating a Quote with “That” (Introduce the Quote)

Essay Section: Supporting Evidence (Quotes)

Rule for Incorporating a Quote with “That”

When we see “that” before a quote, anything after “that” must not fall under the grammar rule of capitalizing the first letter of the first word of a sentence, even if the group of words and phrases form a complete sentence without “that.” There are exceptions to this rule:

1) The personal pronoun “I” and proper nouns that begin with a capital letter for the first letter of the word such as “United States” or “John F. Kennedy” are capitalized.

2) If you are presenting a sentence as an example enclosed within quotation marks, the first letter of the first word is capitalized. Review the bolded sentence of Example 3 below.

 Example 3

Particularly, Ernest Allen explores the role of the “blackacademic,” who continues the tradition of imposing racial criteria onto Du Bois’s concept. He attempts to divide prevailing thought while simultaneously reexamining Du Bois’s perspective. Allen’s article, “Du Boisian Double Consciousness: The Unsustainable Argument” (2003) explores the general pattern of “blackacademics” and their misreadings of “The Souls of Black Folk,” particularly the famous epigraph, projecting their interpretations of Du Bois’s motivation for shaping the nineteenth-century construct. Allen places before him the famous epigraph to mull over its elements and concludes that “blackacademics” focus primarily on certain words and phrases. Such phrases include the sentence “It is a peculiar sensation, this double-consciousness, this sense of always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others, of measuring one’s soul by the tape of a world that looks on in amused contempt and pity” (Du Bois).

The above excerpt a) incorporates a sentence first and b) places quotation marks around the sentence to highlight to the reader that the words belong to someone else, second. The capitalization of “I” in “It” s appropriate.

3) The last quality of this quote is the “I” in “It” is de-capitalized. The “I” in “It” changes to a lowercase letter, simply because of the rule above.  For MLA citation style, whenever changes are made to a quote, grammatically, brackets are applied.

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Copyright 2011 Regina Y. Favors. All Rights Reserved.

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