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    usage of 'quote' as a verb

    I remember (vaguely) seeing the verb 'quote' being used in the following context:

    "in xxxx(name of a book), the author quoted the performance figures of xxx(name of an aircraft) as ......(description of the figures the guy 'quoted')....."

    So does 'quote' in this sentence imply that the author copied these performance figures from another source (as in a formal quotation where you have to explicitly name the source of the information), or is it possible that 'quote' simply means that the guy mentioned these figures in his book that could be his original work and not something cited from another source?? I looked 'quote' up in several online dictionaries but they all seemed to suggest if somebody 'quotes' something, it has to be an act of copying from another source.

    Thanks in advance.

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    Re: usage of 'quote' as a verb

    Quote means he copied the figures from the other guy. Hopefully he did it the right way!

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    Re: usage of 'quote' as a verb

    Quote Originally Posted by charliedeut View Post
    Quote means he copied the figures from the other guy. Hopefully he did it the right way!
    thanks, so it has to imply 'copy from' and effectively exclude the possibility that whatever the guy quoted was his own original work?

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    Re: usage of 'quote' as a verb

    Yes, if I QUOTE figures from another source, I must use the data that other source provided, exactly as they provided it.

    If I BASE my figures on numbers provided by so-and-so, I did something with the numbers myself. They gave me raw numbers, and I created the percentages, for example.

    Does that help?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: usage of 'quote' as a verb

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Yes, if I QUOTE figures from another source, I must use the data that other source provided, exactly as they provided it.

    If I BASE my figures on numbers provided by so-and-so, I did something with the numbers myself. They gave me raw numbers, and I created the percentages, for example.

    Does that help?
    I think, yes.

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