Q. Can I change a quote to make it fit my writing?


You can, but it may be best to trim the quote to fit the grammar of your sentence.

To omit information, delete the unnecessary text and replace it with an ellipsis inside of square brackets, like this: […].

There are times when a quality source has an error. To solve this issue, change elements of the source (noting what additions or changes were required), like this: “[W]riting”. The bracket here shows that the original source may have misspelled “writing” or that the “W” has been capitalized and was lowercase in the source material.

NOTE: Ellipsis and square brackets cannot be used in paraphrased source material.


  • Last Updated Sep 11, 2020
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  • Answered By Amber Eakin

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