Brackets hannah Nelson

Writers use brackets to add information to a sentence without changing the meaning of the sentence.

Brackets are very similar to parentheses but aren't as common, and are only used in special cases.

Rule #1: They are used to clarify or comment on the quotation.

"Four score and seven [today we'd say eighty-seven] years ago..."

"Bill shook hands with [his son] Al."

Rule #2: Brackets can be used to add something into a sentence that was taken out by the writer.

"Many sheeps [ships] left the port"

Rule #3: In formal writing, brackets are often used to maintain the integrity of both a quotation and the sentences others use it in.

"[T]he better angels of our nature" gave a powerful ending to Lincoln's first inaugural address.

In the original writing the "t" on The was not originally capitalized because it came mid-sentence.

Practice

Payton talked to her boyfriend Hayes

Maddy drove 80 miles per hour on the highway

He Lorenzo is a great chef

They Wade and Grady are graduating soon

. No longer willing to wait for the bus stop, Charles left it to find a subway station.

[Everyone] is ready for graduation

. The dog Clyde once saved someone from drowning

Buddy my dog is scared of everything

[Ray] is always thinking about climbing

Mrs. McClain likes to run with [her dog]

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