When to Use Direct Quotes
When to Use Direct Quotes A direct quote repeats what the subject of your interview said exactly, and is enclosed in quotation marks. Otherwise, when you paraphrase what was said, quotation marks aren't used — although they are sometimes used around a quoted portion of a paraphrased segment to add emphasis.
The preacher looked out over the crowd, took a deep breath, and commented about how glad he was to see so many “faithful followers” in attendance.
Direct quotes are used:
To answer how, what, who, or why questions
To include exact or official information, especially when it's important that it come from an obviously authoritative voice
When the interviewee's language is particularly descriptive