When using an original quote in a document that already includes [] square brackets, how would that be set apart showing that it is the original quote if it already contains the square brackets. What punctuation should be used?

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    No additional punctuation is needed. You can optionally add (Brackets in the original.) after the quotation if you need to for clarity. Commented Mar 30, 2017 at 15:21
  • After the quote, can you add '[sic]' to indicate the quote is exactly as shown? Commented Mar 30, 2017 at 15:38
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    @Yosef Baskin That is reserved for pointing out original errors (or unconventialities). See CDO. Commented Mar 30, 2017 at 16:11
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    @EdwinAshworth if [sic] is for unconventialities, surely it could be appropriate since square brackets in quotations is unconventional? Commented Mar 30, 2017 at 16:18
  • @marcellothearcane No. You would be flagging an improper use of square brackets with [sic], rather than an 'already-present' one. The use of square brackets in the document OP is quoting may well be conventional. Commented Mar 30, 2017 at 16:31


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