I'm quoting a sentence that has an error in it.

...visitors need to need to apply for a temporary residence permit...

I don't want to correct the error, I want to quote it as it's written. But I want to put a [sic] in there. Where does the [sic] go? Also, should it be in (parentheses) or [brackets]?

  • Why would you want to maintain that? If you remove it you won't have to worry about the position of '[sic]' also.
    – Mitch
    Jun 8, 2016 at 20:10
  • @Mitch Here's the reasoning behind it: meta.travel.stackexchange.com/a/3726/41775
    – Fiksdal
    Jun 8, 2016 at 20:11
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    OK. that is wrong in spirit and in letter. The '[sic]' goes either at the end of the error or better, at the end of the passage or you certainly can just fix a terrible typo like that. It's more professional to show that, unless you are a literary scholar quoting a passage for the study of typos.
    – Mitch
    Jun 8, 2016 at 20:18
  • @Mitch That comment sounds like an answer, no?
    – Fiksdal
    Jun 8, 2016 at 20:24
  • Fiksdal, yes but would take me time to check an authoritative reference
    – Mitch
    Jun 8, 2016 at 21:19

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Place [sic] after the second repetition error.

It would read:

... visitors need to need to [sic] apply for a temporary...

Editorial (your) additions are placed in square brackets.

  • Strictly, the 'word' sic should also be in italics as it is Latin. Same rule applies for "e.g.", "i.e.", & other Latin 'words'.
    – TrevorD
    Jun 8, 2016 at 19:23
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    Thank you for that correction. I'll let my error stand since your comment brings it into line.
    – Stan
    Jun 8, 2016 at 19:33
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    @Stan Great... Now, if I'm gonna quote your answer, I'm gonna have to put even another [sic] in there.... </comedy>
    – Fiksdal
    Jun 8, 2016 at 20:13
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    @Fiksdal That's pretty sic :)
    – Stan
    Jun 8, 2016 at 20:32
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    Haha, yeah... I get sic when people make language errors.
    – Fiksdal
    Jun 8, 2016 at 20:34

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