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Subject:RE: Question on direct quotes From:"Stuart Rogers" <srogers -at- phoenix-geophysics -dot- com> To:"TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com> Date:Thu, 24 Jan 2002 11:15:50 -0500
I think that if the text is between quotation marks, it should be
exactly as written in the RFP, except (if you want to rub their noses in
it) for an editorial "(sic)". My approach would be to quote them exactly
(sans sic), but then if required (i.e., if the grammar is so bad as to
introduce ambiguity), restate the matter as "We interpret this question
to mean..." If it's not ambiguous, I would try to incorporate a
grammatically correct restatement of the question in my answer to it.
Phoenix Geophysics Limited
Subject: Question on direct quotes
Hey, gotta question concerning direct quotes. I am currently working on
a proposal where I am quoting specific questions outlined in the RFP.
These questions often (and I am being nice) contain grammatical
mistakes. Do I correct these mistakes in my quotations or leave them as
is? Initially, my knee-jerk grammar fingers fixed the problems, but
then I thought, that's really not a quote then is it? Perhaps I am
making much ado about nothing.
Any help would be much appreciated.
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