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    Should "diversion" and "amusement" be in quotation marks?

    As for the word "sport," it derives from Old French "desport," which means diversion or amusement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jasmin165 View Post
    Should "diversion" and "amusement" be in quotation marks?

    As for the word "sport," it derives from Old French "desport," which means diversion or amusement.

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    No, they shouldn't. Perhaps I am misunderstanding you, however. Is there some situation you are thinking of where quotation marks might be called for?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kfredson View Post
    No, they shouldn't. Perhaps I am misunderstanding you, however. Is there some situation you are thinking of where quotation marks might be called for?
    No, I wasn't thinking of any particular situation. I just thought I might have to use quotation marks because "amusement" and "diversion" are English translations of the word "desport."

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    I don't think its necessary. You could but its better you do not. The reader has already got the picture with the first two. The other words are otherwise further explanations which should be left without quotation marks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jasmin165 View Post
    No, I wasn't thinking of any particular situation. I just thought I might have to use quotation marks because "amusement" and "diversion" are English translations of the word "desport."

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    I guess I don't understand what you mean. They are just basic English words. Thousands of words come from other languages, especially French. I wouldn't say they are translations; I'd say they are derived from. "Derive," too, derives from a French word: "deriver."

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    Default Re: quotation marks

    Quote Originally Posted by Jasmin165 View Post
    Should "diversion" and "amusement" be in quotation marks?

    As for the word "sport," it derives from Old French "desport," which means diversion or amusement.

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    'Derive' means to receive or obtain from a source or origin.
    I think it is more appropriate to use 'is derived'.

    Notice I didn't use quotation marks to explain the meaning of the word.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tedtmc View Post
    'Derive' means to receive or obtain from a source or origin.
    I think it is more appropriate to use 'is derived'.

    Notice I didn't use quotation marks to explain the meaning of the word.

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    Thank you very much for the correction. You may, in fact, be right. You will commonly see "derives from" used in the way that I did, but that doesn't make it correct. I would ordinarily use "derived from," as I did in the previous sentence of the earlier post. Perhaps there are other teachers out there who have insights concerning this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kfredson View Post
    Thank you very much for the correction. You may, in fact, be right. You will commonly see "derives from" used in the way that I did, but that doesn't make it correct. I would ordinarily use "derived from," as I did in the previous sentence of the earlier post. Perhaps there are other teachers out there who have insights concerning this.
    I would say both "derives from" and "is derived from" are correct.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kfredson View Post
    Thank you very much for the correction. You may, in fact, be right. You will commonly see "derives from" used in the way that I did, but that doesn't make it correct. I would ordinarily use "derived from," as I did in the previous sentence of the earlier post. Perhaps there are other teachers out there who have insights concerning this.
    I would say "is derived from".

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