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When should you use a block quote?

The block quote is used for direct quotations that are longer than four lines of prose, or longer than three lines of poetry. A block quote is always used when quoting dialogue between characters, as in a play. The block format is a freestanding quote that does not include quotation marks.

How long does a quotation need to be before it should be indented without quotation marks?

one inch

Is the question mark inside the quotation?

Place a question mark or exclamation point within closing quotation marks if the punctuation applies to the quotation itself. Place the punctuation outside the closing quotation marks if the punctuation applies to the whole sentence.

How do you ask a question with quotation marks?

Punctuation Junction: Question Marks and Quotation MarksWhen the quotation itself is a question, put the question mark inside the quotation marks. When the sentence as a whole is a question, but the quoted material is not, put the question mark outside the quotation marks.