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Parentheses

Parentheses are used when the writer feels the information is not essential or that it should not stand out. In addition, parentheses are used to indicate additional information. When using parentheses, it is important to understand the following rules:

  • If the information inside the parentheses does not form a complete sentence, place the period outside the parentheses: “The meeting ran long (due to the keynote speaker).”

  • If the parenthetical information is a complete sentence, but depends on the sentence around it for context, place the period outside the parentheses: “He loves attending meetings (expansion-planning meetings are his favorite).”

  • If the information in parentheses is a complete sentence and can stand alone, put the period inside the parentheses: “The new product had ten features that made it better than our competitor’s product. (Our product was already receiving good reviews from the press.)”


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