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Questions tagged [parentheses]

This tag is concerned with the usage of the glyphs ( and ), known as parentheses (singular parenthesis) in American English and as brackets in British English.

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If a noun is followed by brackets, where should the apostrophe be placed to show possession?

Which of the following four sentences has used the apostrophe in the correct way? Captain Jack Sparrow's (Johnny Depp) teeth were glinting in the sunlight. Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp)'s teeth ...
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Use of Parentheses

Am I correct in refusing to use parentheses around the area code for my telephone number? Those three digits are not at all incidental.
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Parentheses within abbreviations

The example that I have is from South Africa. Chartered accountants here abbreviate their titles in emails to: CA(SA) This is meant to abbreviate "Chartered Accountant (South Africa)". I feel, ...
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How to punctuate a sentence with post-nominal letters followed by a parenthetical fragment?

Here is the example: If you have any questions, please email John Smith, Ph.D. (jsmith@email.com). I don't think a period should follow the closed parenthesis, but the document that I was given does ...
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Is the placement of the participial phrase correct here?

I am using a participial phrase to modify the noun. But instead of the more common way of starting the sentence with the participial phrase, I want to use a medial parenthesis: So instead of this ...
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What do you call a parenthetical word / phrase / letter that changes the meaning of a sentence?

Common uses of parenthetical statements are equivalent to i.e. or e.g. appositives. This includes elaboration or examples that clarify but don't change the meaning of the larger phrase or sentence ...
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How is Mark Nichol using the term “free modifier”?

In 8 types of parenthetical phrases, he includes Free modifier: A free modifier is an unspecialized interruption of additional information: “I stood up and, brushing off my pants, continued ...
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Sentences in parentheses, followed by semicolon

Here is the sentence. They are answers to a series of questions but the grammar must be accurate. It is on a chemistry topic, so you can ignore that aspect of it: (A) Bi has half of its 6p orbital ...
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Using parentheses with possessive pronoun

The following statements makes sense It is impossible to doubt that you exist. It is impossible to doubt that your mind exists. However, if I were to add parentheses to the first statement ...
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Is there a name for this type of markup in writing?

In writing there are often little inline snippets to add to the meaning of the sentence - for example: There are many problems here, e.g. too fat; too stupid; smells bad. The elephant is a ...
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How would you punctuate a separate sentence within parentheses with an ellipsis at the end?

For context: I think the whipped cream really helps cut through the strong alcohol taste, and >it also adds some fat, so give it a shot! (No pun intended…) Do I need to put a period/full stop ...
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Capitalize after parentheses?

Good day, I am currently working on the cover of my research paper, which is about sexist and heterosexist slurs. In the title it has been subsumed as "(hetero)sexist slurs", and now I am not sure ...
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Text between citations in parentheses

I have text between citations in parentheses and I'm not sure how to deal with this. I am willing to accept any style guide. Here's what I have: (see, e.g., Smith et al., 2001 and Johnson et al., ...
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How are parentheses ellipsis (…) used in quotations?

I've seen some people use (...) instead of ... in quotations and I was wondering what the difference was. Do parentheses indicate something else like brackets [...] do? Is it just a stylistic thing? ...