why do journalists and authors often put brackets around words in seemingly strange parts of sentences?


For example, a sentence I just read went as follows:

> “‘I don’t think [the book] had anything to do with his arrest and neither does Anne Marie Schubert,’ he says.”—(Excerpt from the appendix of ‘I’ll Be Gone in the Dark’ by Michelle McNamara)

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They’re changing part of a quote from something understood in context of the quote to something explicit. In your quote [the book] was probably “it” or similar.

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