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says i should use a better word, but this is a quote. Shouldn't this term be allowed?

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She put her arm around my wife and told her, "God brought us together for a reason and had a special plan in store for us".
asked Feb 01 '12 at 02:05 Daniel Busby New member

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If you do take tricia's advice and alter the quote, the most accurate way to do so is to use [brackets] as shown, which shows that you've kept the meaning in a quote but altered the specific word to fit as necessary.

link comment answered Feb 01 '12 at 04:23 Rik Kluessendorf Contributor
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You didn't specifiy which word you're wondering about. I'm assuming it's "special." If you're using a direct quote and you don't want to alter it, then there's no reason to change anything. However, you can probably use some artistic license here and paraphrase the quote. In that case, feel free to find a word that's more expressive. There's no shame in using a thesaurus! Personally, I think it's fine as it is.

link comment answered Feb 01 '12 at 02:44 Tricia New member

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