Brackets

In formal English the use of brackets indicates an insertion into the document by the author of that┬ádocument. As reporting developed, we had for many years the use of only a typewriter, which did not have brackets as an option. We used parens instead. Now that brackets are an option, it is probably best to switch over to brackets for …

An Extra Wrinkle to the Apostrophe Question

…I went to the Nelson house. OR …I went to the Nelsons’ house. Each of these is correct to say in English. Obviously, the second one has to deal with the possessive whereas the first one does not. Remember that, when a surname has the word “the” in front of it, it is always plural. It is the names that …