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In the sentence:

The constant IO::SEEK_CUR assumes that the offset is relative to the current position (which may be negative).

offset is meant to be negative, not current_position. Is the above sentence correct or is one of the following the correct one:

The constant IO::SEEK_CUR assumes that the offset (which may be negative) is relative to the current position.

or

The constant IO::SEEK_CUR assumes that the offset, which may be negative, is relative to the current position.

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Generally text in parentheses should be immediately following the text it is modifying. Therefore,

The constant IO::SEEK_CUR assumes that the offset (which may be negative) is relative to the current position.

would be more appropriate than the first option. The third option,

The constant IO::SEEK_CUR assumes that the offset, which may be negative, is relative to the current position.

would be ok as well, but the second most clearly communicates the meaning you're trying to convey.

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