This is a cite from Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby : are you telling me is incorrect?


the word certain should be there or not

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His life had been confused and disordered since then, but if he could once return to a certain starting place and go over it all slowly, he could find out what that thing was . .
asked May 19 '11 at 22:21 Claudia New member

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If this a direct quotation from The Great Gatsby, do not change the sentence.  It is not necessary.


Additionally, it's very important to remember that even published writing contains 'errors'.  Oftentimes, the author intentionally writes in this way to create a certain style. And, the writing style is often dictated by the era or period in which the writer wrote.  In the 1907 lectures Pragmatism, by William James, the words 'though' and 'connection' were written as 'tho' and 'connexion' respectively.  The Grammarly Editor would catch these as errors, but are they really? No, they only reflect the acceptable standards at the time of writing.


If, in future, Grammarly catches other quoted texts in your writing, I suggest double-checking that you have not made a typing error.  If you haven't, don't worry about correcting the quoted text.



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link comment answered Jul 27 '11 at 12:58 Musab New member

Actually, that is not an error.  "Starting" is used as an adjective here, not a verb, since it modifies place.  Sometimes you would use a hyphen when using a verb form as a noun.  However, if this is a direct quote from the book, and copied faithfully, you would leave it as it is.


Grammarly is made for the main body of text.  I would not used it on direct quotes, formatting characters, HTML code, programming languages, or bibliographies, since it was not made for scanning those.

link comment answered May 07 '12 at 02:41 Courtney Contributor

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