Am I allowed to remove words from a quote? (Harvard reference)

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Am I allowed to remove words from a quote? (Harvard reference)
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Am I allowed to remove words from a quote? (Harvard reference)
Well you could trim a quote leaving [….] behind to show where you cut something out for brevity ..... provided it does not change the authors meaning.
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Well you could trim a quote leaving [….] behind to show where you cut something out for brevity ..... provided it does not change the authors meaning.
Even if it's just one word, e.g 'our'?
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Even if it's just one word, e.g 'our'?
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yes
But why would you do that if its just one word, you end up still having a similar character count as you need to add the "place holder" back in ? Or are we just splitting hairs now for the OP ?
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But why would you do that if its just one word, you end up still having a similar character conut as you need to add the "place holder" back in ? Or are we just splitting hairs now for the OP ?
Because you are altering a quote. It has nothing to do with character count.
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But why would you do that if its just one word, you end up still having a similar character conut as you need to add the "place holder" back in ? Or are we just splitting hairs now for the OP ?

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Because you are altering a quote. It has nothing to do with character count.
Yes, completely agree, I meant for the OP, why do a minor word trim for no good reason, you always need to show where you changed the text, even if the result is "neutral" in terms of meaning.
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Sorry, does anyone know how I can quote a sentence if I remove a word from it then?
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Sorry, does anyone know how I can quote a sentence if I remove a word from it then?
As above, you put [...] instead of the word
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As above, you put [...] instead of the word
Thank you!
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As above, you put [...] instead of the word
Would I need to reference the book differently because of this?
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Would I need to reference the book differently because of this?
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Hi, yes just put in an ellipses, don't put the ellipses in with brackets, and you reference and cite the same. Also, by changing a quote it can sometimes make the text read wrong, so when this happens you can alter certain words in the quote in order to make a smooth sentence structure, for example, "the world is ...change" could change to "the world is... chang[ing]" .

Feel free to ask for any other grammatical/academic advice.

- Rosie
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