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Old 05-01-2009, 05:05 PM   #3
Michael Beloved
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If you change a word in a quote it is no longer a quote. In news media, announcers usually say, And I quote,"........................................... ........", end of quote.
In that case the exact quote is verbatim. If there is to be a change, the announcer states his change and explains the adjustment.
In literature Kathleen's explanation is the rule but it is permitted to italicise the original word in question and place an asterisk next to it, then to put a footnote stating that the italics are the author's and then explaining your alternate meaning for the word.
But realise that as soon as you change just one or more than one words in a quote, it is no longer a quote.
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