Nancy Lewis

  1. Inserting or Altering Words in a Direct Quotation

    What punctuation should be used when words are inserted or altered in a direct quotation? When writers insert or alter words in a direct quotation, square brackets—[ ]—are placed around the change. The brackets, always used in pairs, enclose words intended to clarify meaning, provide a brief explanation, or to help integrate the quote into the writer’s sentence.  A common error...

    Published on Feb 24th 2012

  2. Omitting Words from a Direct Quotation

    What punctuation should be used when words are omitted from a direct quotation? Dot com. Dot org. Dot edu. Dots abound. One purpose a dot serves is to separate information into easily-interpreted units: a website name from its extension, dollars from cents, or one idea from another in written text. Almost everyone is familiar with the dot placed at the...

    Published on Apr 19th 2012