Use of square brackets

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Use of square brackets

Post by Kangas on Tue Dec 11, 2012 2:58 pm

Square brackets are not one of those pontuation marks we use often, maybe that's the reason they can cause some confusion.

I used Larry Trask's University of Sussex webite as a reference to this study.

  • Square brackets

    In English, square brackets are used to set off an interruption within a direct quotation.
    Example: "The two brothers [Julian and Greg] loved each other very much."

    Sometimes it can also be used for citing references and also in some specific fields, like mathematics or linguistics, they're for certain purposes as well.


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