How to use parentheses and brackets

This is a brief reminder on one way in which parentheses and brackets are used.

Parentheses and brackets identify explanatory information that is added to text. Which one you use depends on who is providing the explanation.

Use parentheses to add information to your own material.

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Brackets let the reader know that the additional words were inserted by someone other than the author of the material (usually a writer or reporter). Brackets are often used inside quotations.

“I hope that it [the new policy] provides all the coverage we need,” she said.

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