If you quote someone and what they wrote contains spelling or grammar mistakes,

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  1. Elderberry Arts profile image95
    Elderberry Artsposted 9 years ago

    If you quote someone and what they wrote contains spelling or grammar mistakes, do you correct them?

    I wanted to quote a recipe in my last hub and it contained some spelling mistakes which got me thinking about whether it was right to correct them or not. On one hand correcting them would be adapting the original source but on the other leaving them may look as though the mistakes where my own and effect the hub quality.

  2. purplmama profile image60
    purplmamaposted 9 years ago

    That is a tough one....

    As an ELA teacher and an academic writer, I'd say that if you're using a parenthetical citation, leave it as is, then make sure that you place your source into your reference section at the end. Now, this is simply what I would do, and may not be what HP wants you to do. I agree with you on keeping the quote intact; that's an important aspect of using a parenthetical citation. If, however, you're paraphrasing and then attributing, I would make spelling and grammar corrections.

    I hope that made sense. : )

  3. Jaaskov profile image59
    Jaaskovposted 9 years ago

    Use [sic] after the mistake. It means that you've transcribed it exactly as it's been written or said by another, regardless of its mistakes.

  4. Insane Mundane profile image57
    Insane Mundaneposted 9 years ago

    That's why on news sites, for example, when they quote other people with bad grammar, they just provide the original quote under the beloved "parenthesis marks" and use the [...] function, to correct it.  For example:  John said, "I saw that fool [come] into the store wearing a mask, then when [the gun] came out we all hit the floor."

    As in your case, if it involves spelling mistakes rather than missing words or poor syntax, I'd just correct them within the quotes and go on.  What is the point in making somebody look even more careless and stupid than what they already are?  Everybody makes mistakes and unless a person is a grammatical fanatic, this should be a fairly easy decision...

  5. MickS profile image60
    MickSposted 9 years ago

    It is fairly standard to quote the mistakes but enclose them in square brackets to indicate that the quote is as the original author wrote it.

  6. Elderberry Arts profile image95
    Elderberry Artsposted 9 years ago

    Thank you all. I have dyslexia and there is lots about grammar and syntax I don't know or fully understand. I did not know about the square bracket uses so now I know what to do in future smile Thank you

  7. Angela Blair profile image68
    Angela Blairposted 9 years ago

    When I quote someone I quote them verbatim without correction. If the meaning of the quote is unclear because of grammer or spelling errors I make explanation for it. Quite often folks lapse into the vernacular of a certain part of the country or their heritage which adds charm and depth to the story telling. Good question!

    1. Elderberry Arts profile image95
      Elderberry Artsposted 9 years agoin reply to this

      Thank you. That is a good point, I had not thought of that.


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