I'm developing a software application that can automatically send quotations (as a PDF document) to the user's client. So the system sends an email with the text:

Please find attached the requested quotation for your review.

And, in other parts of the software, there are sentences like this one:

The quotation was created successfully!

I'm pretty confused if this word quotation is the right word to use in this kind of situation. For me, it sounds like quote.

  • From oxforddictionaries... quotation - A formal statement setting out the estimated cost for a particular job or service; quote - A quotation giving the estimated cost for a particular job or service. Feb 3, 2016 at 16:37
  • @FumbleFingers, thanks for the comment! So, is it right to use both words in this case?
    – Laerte
    Feb 3, 2016 at 16:43
  • As those dictionary definitions make clear, they can be considered synonyms for this specific sense. In certain contexts it might be acceptable / desirable to actually use both synonymous words in the same text, but for your specific context I think it would be poor style. Choose one (it doesn't really matter which) and stick to it consistently. Feb 3, 2016 at 16:54
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    Whoops, you're right: So: "Please find attached a PDF with the requested quotation for your review." Though, I am not sure of review here. If I don't like it, I can correct it and send it back??
    – Lambie
    Feb 3, 2016 at 17:09
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    haha - you obviously don't need programming advice from me then! Personally I'd use quotation throughout (both as the contents of a passed parameter for formatted display, and the name of any class or object handling such transaction types). That would probably result in less "false positive" unwanted hits when you do global searches within your project files for the stuff you're interested in. Btw - it's usually for your perusal, not review. Feb 3, 2016 at 17:28

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Nouns can be derived from verbs by adding a suffix such as '-tion' or '-ment', but many verbs can also be used as nouns without any suffix, such as 'the kick' or 'the quote'. Both forms are ambiguous in that the noun may mean the object that the verb acts on, or it may mean the entire event. You are fine to use 'quote' as a noun. 'Quotation' is just fancied up.

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