I know why we use square brackets in quotations. But can we also use it for changing punctuation, in order to make it fit better with the sentence?

For instance:

Original Quote: "We went to the mall today, and had a lot of fun."

Bracketed Quote: "[They] went to the mall today[.]"

I'm doing this because I want to include only part of the statement, and not all of it. Thanks.

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    Does this answer your question? What is the proper use of [square brackets] in quotes? Jan 21, 2021 at 0:34
  • You never need to put a period in brackets. In this case, where a comma is replaced by a period, just put a period outside the quotation marks, and then it belongs to your text, not the quoted material.
    – Robusto
    Jan 21, 2021 at 2:51
  • No. Try: They said, "We went to the mall today..." or They said that they "went to the mall" that day. Jan 21, 2021 at 3:33
  • @niamulbengali no it didn't say anything about punctuation.
    – Samantha
    Jan 21, 2021 at 14:30
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    @Robusto, putting the period outside the quotation marks is indeed the right thing to do, but it is, alas, liable to get one into trouble if one has the misfortune of labouring under an editor who is paid to enforce the Chicago rules, even when they are irrational.
    – jsw29
    Jan 21, 2021 at 22:41