puctuation before quotations..MLA format. Is it most often a colon, a comma, or nothing at times?

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For example,

When relecting on his past, he says that " I remember the precise moment..

What goes after that?

Another example,

He said, "I thought I forgot about this land, but I didn't."

When do you use colons, when do you use commas, and when do you use nothing? Please give examples.

See example:

How I had teased him about big words he didn't know."
asked May 11 '12 at 19:53 mary crippen New member

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