Answered By: Hacherl Research & Writing Studio
Last Updated: Jan 31, 2022     Views: 120

Quick Answer: Yes. [As far as I can tell] It is acceptable to use square brackets around an ellipsis [...] to indicate that you have added the ellipsis.

Detailed Answer:

Although the reasons for using square brackets and ellipses are fundamentally contradictory, the fact that you are using square brackets to add emphasis to the original quote seems an appropriate use of brackets.

Note: You should be cautious about using square brackets around an ellipses. It may be too confusing for your reader to determine what you, as the writer, added to the original quote versus what the original quote was.

Comments (1)

  1. Hi,
    I think it is much better to use square brackets with ellipsis in APA since the reader does not know whether it is added by the researcher or it has existed in the original text
    by Nahro O. Maulood on Mar 27, 2019

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