Brackets & Parentheses
Updated February 11, 2017 | Infoplease Staff
- Use brackets to set off words or letters in quoted matter that have been added by someone other than the author:
“She [Willa Cather] is certainly one of the great American writers of the 20th century.”
- Use parentheses to set off nonessential information:
We spent an hour (more or less) cleaning up.
See also: Parentheses and Brackets