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?
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.
Suppose the original sentence began:
If we wanted to quote only the underlined portion:
but to use it at the beginning of a sentence
We are faced with the problem of using a lower case