(Parentheses) By Darren Silas
Defintion • 1. an amplifying or explanatory word, phrase, or sentence inserted in a passage from which it is usually set off by punctuation 2. one or both of the curved marks () used in writing and printing to enclose a parenthetical expression or to a group a symbolic unit in a logical or mathematical expression
History of Parentheses: • The parentheses came from the late latin, from greek, literally,
3 rules of Parentheses: • 1.Use parentheses to enclose words or figures that clarify or are used as an aside • 2.Use full parentheses to enclose numbers or letters used for listed items • 3.Periods go inside parentheses only if an entire sentence is inside the parentheses. • Don’t put any punctuation mark before parentheses, and put a comma after the closing parentheses only if your sentence would call for the comma away
Examples of Parentheses: I expect five hundred dollars ($500) He finally answered ( after taking five minutes to think) that he did not understand the question. Use a pointed pencil (a pencil with the lead point broken off works well) or a similar tool.