Sentences that keep going after a quote's attribution.

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My boss keeps doing this. I'm pretty sure it's incorrect, but I can't convince him and I can't find any authoritative sources that address it. Here is what he does:

 

"This lets lets us get an idea of what's going to happen in the industry in two years time," Geoff says that allows them to position their business to better service their clients in the future.

 

So he'll write the attribution -- "Geoff says" -- and then he will just keep going with other things the guy said. Please confirm if this is incorrect.

asked Aug 22 '13 at 23:23 Zach New member

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If the attribution splits the quote, it should be followed by a comma, and the rest of the quote should be within quotation marks. You have to weigh in the consequences of telling your boss that his punctuation is less than stellar, however. You're the only one that can decide that.

"This lets lets us get an idea of what's going to happen in the industry in two years time," Geoff says, "that allows them to position their business to better service their clients in the future."

link comment answered Aug 22 '13 at 23:56 Lewis Neidhardt Grammarly Fellow

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