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Although in a direct quotation from a source the wording should be reproduced exactly, certain changes to punctuation, capitalization, and spelling are generally allowed when needed to make a passage fit into the syntax and typography of the surrounding text.
This month’s workout centers on section 13.7 of CMOS 16, “Permissible Changes to Punctuation, Capitalization, and Spelling.” Of course, any change to a quotation of someone else’s work must be made with extreme care. Even advanced editors might wish to take a look at section 13.7 of CMOS before answering the questions.
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[Editor’s update: These styles have not changed in the 17th edition, although their section numbers may have changed.]
Note: These questions are designed to test knowledge of The Chicago Manual of Style. Other style guides may have different rules and guidelines.
Chicago Style Workout 13: Permissible Changes to Quotations (CMOS 13.7)
Photo: Miss Susanne Lenglen [photographer unknown], George Arents Collection, New York Public Library. New York Public Library Digital Collections, accessed February 16, 2017.
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