Words to Use When Quoting
Suggested Words and Phrases to Use When Incorporating Quotations
- If you agree with the author
Like (writer), I believe that "…"
The (writer) is astute to say that " . . .."
It is valid, as (writer) states, that "…"
I agree with (writer)'s point that ". . . "
- If you disagree with the writer*
In my opinion, (author)'s idea that ". . ."
(the author) is unwise to state that ". . . "
I disagree with (author)'s opinion that " . . . "
*Use these sparingly, if at all. The reader knows that these are your ideas: after all it is your paper. It is more confident, formal, and professional to say something like, "Barth's theory, however, does not easily apply to . . ." Words like however, on the other hand, and conversely signal the reader that you disagree with the quotation.
- Presenting the writer's point of view
According to (writer) " . . ."
(writer) claims that ". . . "
" . . . " declares (writer)
- These are a few words that you can also use