I was wondering how to properly format a quote inside parentheses in MLA. So far I have mostly used the third option, although the double parentheses seem a bit ugly.


1) He directs his pleas to God ("cielos" Torre 226), whose help he seeks.

2) He directs his pleas to God ("cielos," Torre 226), whose help he seeks.

3) He directs his pleas to God ("cielos" (Torre 226)), whose help he seeks.

  • In #2, the comma belongs inside the quotes. grammarly.com/blog/quotation-marks May 28, 2020 at 3:14
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    It may depend on whether your in the UK or elsewhere.
    – PeterJ
    May 29, 2020 at 13:38
  • @StephenDaddona Ah, yes, you're right. Thanks!
    – dusty
    May 30, 2020 at 2:30
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    Just to stir the pot: '4) He directs his please to God ("cielos" –Torre 226), whose help he seeks.' Jul 14, 2020 at 14:25
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    What is "cielos" in relation to the statement "He directs his pleas to God, whose help he seeks."? I'm assuming "cielos" is a name or translation for God, but I do not know. I do believe that in MLA, you should put your citation at the end of the sentance so "He directs his pleas to God ("cielos"), whose help he seeks (Torre 226). Keep in mind MLA is an American English style guid so punctuation goes on the outside of parenthesis unless it's relevent to the statement in parentesis (I.E. see what I'm about to do right here? Two periods.).
    – hszmv
    Dec 11, 2020 at 15:20


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