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?

1 Answer
Jun 1, 2016

Answer:

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:
#color(white)("XXX")"Susy had heard that "underline("the dog was said to have been...")#

If we wanted to quote only the underlined portion:
#color(white)("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 #"t"# as in the original or using an upper case #"T"# as one would expect at the beginning of a sentence.

#"[T]"# indicates that the original form of the letter has been replaced to provide valid sentence structure.