Can I remove words from quotes in my essay?

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Can I remove words from quotes in my essay?
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No, because then by definition it wouldn't be a quote anymore, it'd be part of a quote, just paraphrase it and reference the person who said it, that'll cut down on words.
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depends how many words. if you're talking two or three unnecessary words, then probably not, it'll just make you look like you don't know what you're talking about and can't remember the correct quote. however if it's a huge quote with multiple sentences or phrases in the middle you don't need, just put ... and move on.
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Can I remove words from quotes in my essay?
Hi

If it is a direct quote that you've directly taken from another author then no. If you are paraphrasing what they have said, then you would use your own words - then you can use as many words or as little words as you see fit. If you are have any reference questions, i would speak to your tutors about this.

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