“… it”. OR “…. it”.

As a blogger – who has not studied journalism or a writing course, let alone, a degree – there are quite a number of challenges that one faces. This, especially, happens when one has to quote someone or a particular publication. In most cases, it is quoting that I have recently come across as  very challenging.

In an effert to get help from people who have been in the industry so quite sometime, if not years – whether blogging as a profession or just for fun – I then sent this SMS in seeking help as far as quoting or quotations are concerned, which read thus:

Hi Please Help me with this: I am a Blogger (akanyangm.blogspot.com) in my own right and a regular contributor to certain publications (In fact, MyNews24 online is the only publication that comes to mind) and someone who has not studied journalism, but self-taught through reading extensively, from politics- to media-related publications both print & online.

This also includes, opinion articles, debates and interviews. As a confession for being addicted to Mail & Guardian & Sunday Times especially, and other Online publications & Journals, there is something that I am not sure of or that which makes me wonder who’s right or wrong because all publications mentioned before & those that I will mention later do follow these menthods of quoting, including New York Times & The Guardian and Financial Times, especially at the end of the ‘quoted sentence/wording’.

So which of the two is correct or when should one use either or both methods: “Akanyang. . . to go“. OR “Akanyang. . . to go.”

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2 thoughts on ““… it”. OR “…. it”.

  1. Well, I was quote surprised that Mike Trapido, a contributor to South African Thought Leader online – a division of Mail & Guardia – said “use whichever you are happy with”.

    And I continued to read what other writers and language experts had to say on the matter, fortunately, as I could gather – they claim that you can use both methods but one has to be caful where such is applied.

  2. South African Mail & Guardian’s article “Eskom CEO Maroga quits: is just an example:

    The memo, according to the DA, stated: “Mr Jacob Maroga has resigned as CEO of Eskom with immediate effect. The Eskom board is presently considering who will be acting on his behalf and will inform business in due course. They are also committed to fill his position within 90 days.”

    The DA welcomed his resignation, saying it needed “to be followed up by further actions to ensure that Eskom is pulled out of the quagmire of gross mismanagement which is costing South Africans millions of rands on a daily basis”.

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