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Anonymous asked in Education & ReferenceQuotations · 1 month ago

If you’re quoting someone can you use not-real words?

Like “want to” vs “wanna”..

Can you use “wanna” for a direct quote that someone said..?

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  • 1 month ago

    Said or texted? If you are transcribing spoken dialogue, unless you're doing a linguistic analysis, transcribe it as "want to". If this was in something like a text message and written as "wanna" then write it that way, and put in parentheses (sic) after it to indicate that that was the original.

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  • 1 month ago

    If they said "wanna" then you use "wanna".

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  • 1 month ago

    You can yes. But you can make a fool out of yourself it you say something too goofy. Some people like Micheal Scott for instance do that.

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  • 1 month ago

    Umm no, you have to put everything in order and just like the author wrote/said

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