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    Mishra added that the government did not intend to cut down lessons about any particular personality, but was of the view that the students should get "correct information about all great men", when asked about plans to bring about changes in school syllabus.

    Traditional folklores and idioms giving information about healthy lifestyle will be included in the syllabus, he was quoted as saying.

    What does `quoted as saying' means in this paragraph?
    Please explain it.

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    Re: quoted

    It means that the original text said that this was what he said.


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    Re: quoted

    It is slightly more than that.

    The media uses it to mean "somebody tells us that he said it", meaning it is second hand and less reliable than actually hearing it directly from him.

    This phrase protects them if it is later revealed that he didn't say that.

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    Re: quoted

    Quote Originally Posted by Andrew Whitehead View Post
    It is slightly more than that.
    The media uses it to mean "somebody tells us that he said it", meaning it is second hand and less reliable than actually hearing it directly from him.
    This phrase protects them if it is later revealed that he didn't say that.
    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    It means that the original text said that this was what he said.
    In Tdol's defence, I think that's what he said - although it was probably a good idea to underline the 'indirectness' idea (and that the quotation needn't have been in a formal text - though it was probably written down somewhere, if only on a newsreader's auto-cue).

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    Re: quoted

    What Tdol said is correct, I was just expanding on it a little more ('It is slightly more than that') by pointing out the significance in the media, as that is usually where you see the phrase.

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