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Brackets

Chapter:
Punctuation
Author(s):

Cheryl Iverson

Brackets are used to indicate editorial interpolation within a quotation and to enclose corrections, explanations, or comments in material that is quoted. (See also , Quotation Marks, Quotations; , Ellipses, Change in Capitalization; and , Ellipses, Omission of Ellipses.)“Enough questions had arisen [these are not described] to warrant medical consultation.” Thompson stated, “Because of the patient’s preferences, surgery was absolutely contraindicated [italics added].” “The following year [1947] was a turning point.”Note: Use sic (Latin for “thus” or “so”) in brackets to indicate an error or peculiarity in the spelling or grammar of the preceding word in the original source of

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