I am always confused when it the word verbatim copying or word for word comes up. What does that exactly mean

For example

The statement below: Examining and investigating any electrical components malfunctions or electrical system/s failures, as part of the post-installation support serviceand taking the necessary action/s in order to rectify it in accordance with the authorizations provided to perform the task from the client

Is it a verbatim copy or even a copy paste of the statement below"

Investigate electrical or electronic failures

I really dont how does ot differ from normal copy paste Advice is needed please

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    You should really try a dictionary before asking questions like this.You will get a lot of negative comments. "We have standards, you know" – user323578 Apr 12 '19 at 14:49
  • I am really sorry, because i read the dictionary but didnt understand the meaning from there sorry – Fgs Apr 12 '19 at 18:50

Verbatim means:

using exactly the same words as were originally used

From Cambridge English Dictionary

Hence it is also described as "word for word" (ie. the words in the copy or quotation are exactly the same as the words in the original). Nowadays, it is also known as "copy and paste" because of the editing operations in most editors/wordprocessors.

So your two examples are not verbatim copies because one is much longer than the other. A verbatim copy is the same length and contains the same words.

In other words, a verbatim copy of:

Investigate electrical or electronic failures

Would be

Investigate electrical or electronic failures

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    I would have added that an amusing slang term for text generated from other sources by copy-and-paste is copypasta but couldn't immediately find references for that word that meet the rigorous standards required by some members of this website. It is defined in such dubious sources as Wikipedia and the Urban Dictionary. – user323578 Apr 12 '19 at 14:48
  • When I provide quotations, I also try to duplicate the formatting of the original as much as possible. I tend to think that verbatim implies that too—although in some cases it's not entirely possible. (But, normally, I can at least preserve things like bold, italics, superscript, and so on.) As an exception, when I quote something that contains endnote numbers, and do not also quote those endnotes, I remove those notes . . . – Jason Bassford Apr 12 '19 at 15:32
  • @JasonBassford Interesting point. While I agree with the idea of preserving formatting (so much easier, now we can copy-paste) I hadn't thought of it with regard to verbatim. Obviously, it wouldn't apply in some contexts, eg. a stenographer recording the spoken word verbatim, but maybe it should imply that in general. – user323578 Apr 12 '19 at 15:35

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