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This is a homework question, but one I have been curious about since I could pick up a book. Why are there brackets around random words in a quote?

For example on book reviews there are brackets around one or a few words and I can't understand why.

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    Those are words that are inserted into the quote to make it read correctly when taken out of context.

    "[You] come here."

    When in fact, I point my finger at him, and said "come here".

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    http://www.esc.edu/htmlpages/writerold/menuq.htm

    look at the section titled Adding information to a quote

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