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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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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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    'for clarity' ... AND for syntactic well-formedness. 'If ...program.' is not a sentence. Aug 13, 2012 at 18:15

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