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I am formatting a new book for my company and ran into a problem.

There is a sentence that reads:

Before beginning, watch Part I in the DVD series, God & the History of Art. (If available as part of your program.)

That the author wants me to change to:

(Before beginning, watch Part I in the DVD series, God & the History of Art. If available as part of your program.)

This sentence is one line, not part of a paragraph.

Is it right to surround an entire standalone sentence with parentheses?

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Also see question #13528 and question #37153 and question #61579 and question #72449 and question #2119 as in Linked-Questions list –  jwpat7 Aug 13 '12 at 17:15
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The "sentence" in parentheses isn't actually a sentence, so if you want to keep those words a better rendering is "Before...Art (if available...program)." –  Monica Cellio Aug 13 '12 at 19:10
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Yes, provided it's all parenthetical material.

This appears to qualify. However, I'd make it all one sentence and add in the deleted it for clarity:

(Before beginning, watch Part I of the DVD series God & the History of Art, if it is available as part of your program.)

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I will use your suggestion, thank you. –  honyovk Aug 13 '12 at 17:12
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'for clarity' ... AND for syntactic well-formedness. 'If ...program.' is not a sentence. –  StoneyB Aug 13 '12 at 18:15
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