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"Fix'd" How to properly edit quotes.
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1/10/2015 4:18:33 AM
Posted: 2 years ago
While people mainly do this in the forums, there are occasional times edits need to be made when quoting someone in a debate.
For an example let's use "I like Matt, sinc he has such a nice smile."
The correct way to edit it for quotes is brackets . To clarify which Matt is being referenced: "I like Matt [Smith], sinc he has such a nice smile."
Spelling may also be corrected with it. "I like Matt, [since] he has such a nice smile."
Same with word choice "I like Matt, [because] he has such a nice smile."
While I dislike them, the statements of "fix'd" on the forums, should use much the same, meaning "I like Matt, sinc he has such a nice [dick]."
In all cases the brackets instantly draw attention to what is changed, to make it clear that it was not a part of what the original author wrote.
Also punctuation you are free to mess with (as long as not using it to strawperson someone). For example, you can work a part of the quote into one of your own sentences, and no mark is needed around the comma which replaced a period: "[Matt] has such a nice smile," or so some claimed [source number here].