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    Lightbulb Refer to or make reference to

    A: How do you usually prepare a report?
    B: I usually refer to / make reference to the reports of other companies of the industry which is similar to the one I am dealing with and if the content of such report is useful, I will copy and amend such content to fit my purpose.

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    1. Should I use "refer to" or "make reference to" in the above sentence?
    2. The sentence "the reports of other companies of the industry which is similar to the one I am dealing with" sounds clumsy and unnatural to me. Is there any other way to say it?
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    Re: Refer to or make reference to

    I prefer "refer to." But, the sentence may be better rewritten as:

    I usually research similar industry reports from other companies before I write my report. And if any of the content is useful, I would amend such content to fit my purposes.

    Don't use the word "copy". It could imply copyright or intellectual property infringement.


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    Last edited by lotus888; 17-Sep-2014 at 21:35. Reason: spelling of copyright

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    Re: Refer to or make reference to

    Quote Originally Posted by lotus888 View Post
    It could imply copy-write or intellectual property infringement.
    I am not a teacher.

    I think you mean copyright.

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    Re: Refer to or make reference to

    I was wondering why the spell checker kept correcting me -- late night senior moment.


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