I have the sentence fragment:
each in itself for achieving this pure abstraction of being-for-itself
and I'd like to incorporate it into my paper so that the quotation reads as follows:
They eventually "achieve the pure abstraction of being for itself"
I know that brackets go around any modified text, but I'm unclear if they "jump across" word boundaries. Do I render this as:
They eventually "achiev[e the] pure abstraction of..."
They eventually "achiev[e] [the] pure abstraction of..."
I also tend to use "verb" to indicate that a suffix has been dropped from a word. Would the usage be the same in that case? Say, for example, I want to make "She was reading the book" into "She read a book." Would this be:
"She read [a] book"
"She read[ a] book"
In both cases, the version with two sets of brackets looks awkward to me, but the version with a single set looks like it might be a typographical error.
I looked at existing questions about brackets but I couldn't find any relating to brackets that cross word boundaries, I apologize if this is a dupe.