How would I put a third level quotation?


Would the quotation in this sentence make sense?


John said, "Mary said to Partrick, 'Do you know what Jack said? Well, he said, "I got a new dog!"'"


In the sentence, John is quoted on saying that "Mary said to Patrick" "Do you know what Jack said? Well, he said," (those were Mary's original words) "I got a new dog!" (which are Jack's original words).

quotation dialogue asked Aug 08 '13 at 19:47 Spencer N. New member

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I agree with Lewis. There is really not a great way to have four people in one sentence with three of them speaking. John spoke to Mary. She reportedly told Patrick that Jack said, "I got a new dog!"

link comment answered Aug 08 '13 at 21:40 Patty T Grammarly Fellow

It's decipherable. You might want to paraphrase some quotes to keep from getting lost in the quotation mark forest, though.


John said, "Mary told Partrick that Jack said he got a new dog!


That doesn't seem to be much better though. Yours is fine.

link comment answered Aug 08 '13 at 21:20 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

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