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The answer is disallowed icon No.

This example is a poor attempt at using Professor Foot's original passage without acknowledgement. In it, several words and phrases are substituted by others—however, much of the original phrasing and organization remains the same, as shown below. As it stands, the text appears to represent the writer's ideas rather than those of Professor Foot's and therefore is plagiarism.

Substitutions are shown in {red text with curly brackets}. Original phrases are shown in [blue text with square brackets]. Note that there is no citation at the end.

{Over the past decade}, Canada {has started to change dramatically} [from a] {mainly} young society to one that's middle-aged. {As a result,} Canadian retail has [entered a new] {age} [of quality and service. In the years to come, stores that compete on the basis of quality and service will] {fare better than} those based on lower prices (no citation!).

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