# What do brackets around the first letter of a sentence mean? Sometimes I will see a sentence like this: [T]he dog was said to have been... What do the brackets indicate?

Jun 1, 2016

Typically this indicates that the passage was part of a quoted text in which the initial letter was not at the beginning of the sentence.

#### Explanation:

Example:

Suppose the original sentence began:
$\textcolor{w h i t e}{\text{XXX")"Susy had heard that "underline("the dog was said to have been...}}$

If we wanted to quote only the underlined portion:
$\textcolor{w h i t e}{\text{XXX")underline("the dog was said to have been...}}$
but to use it at the beginning of a sentence

We are faced with the problem of using a lower case $\text{t}$ as in the original or using an upper case $\text{T}$ as one would expect at the beginning of a sentence.

$\text{[T]}$ indicates that the original form of the letter has been replaced to provide valid sentence structure.