If a book has the following passage "the red c-ar ran the yello-w light" and I want to use this passage in my paper, how do I go about removing the hyphenation? Do I write "X source says 'the red c[]ar ran the yello[]w light'" or can I write "X source says 'the red car ran the yellow light'"?

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    If the hyphens were just used to break the words to fit a particular line width then no, don't include them when quoting that text. Incidentally, nobody would hyphenate "car" at all, or break "yellow" just before the "w", you normally put the hyphen between syllables. – nnnnnn Mar 26 at 4:42

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