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parenthetical sentence with coordinate clause sharing the same direct object

Is this grammatical in English? An Italian wizard named Mirkius has found, and managed to control, a ferocious creature named Onestus
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Is there a space between parenthesis at the end of a parenthetical remark?

I wonder what to do about parentheses that follow each other, as in this phrase: "(I have taken out my comments in the GoogleDoc (and corrected a couple of spelling errors thanks to Grammarly) )." I ...
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Order of parenthetical qualifiers: “modern (for the time)” vs “(for the time) modern” [closed]

Is either of these word orders more correct? During its 1957–1967 tenure, Monsanto’s House of the Future exhibited (for the time) modern technology. vs. During its 1957–1967 tenure, Monsanto’s ...
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Several questions regarding a passage by Robert Boyle

Robert Boyle once wrote in one of his papers: That, then, which I chiefly aim at is to make it probable to you by experiments (which I think hath not yet been done) that almost all sorts of ...
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What's proper punctuation for a sentence ending with an abbreviation followed by a parenthetical phrase? [duplicate]

Other questions here address a sentence ending in an abbreviation, and when a sentence-ending abbreviation is followed by a question-mark. But what about when a sentence-ending abbreviation is ...
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Mass Noun em-dash List-of-Plurals em-dash Verb

Is it just me, or? All of the content you see on Stack Exchange—all the questions, answers, edits, reviews, users, badges, tags, and more—is stored in a relational database. Seems technically ...
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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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Can a comma before a coordinating conjunction be parenthetical? [duplicate]

Can an ostensibly misused comma before a coordinating conjunction actually be a parenthetical comma? Consider: Sally picked apples, and placed them in her basket. This is considered a misuse of ...
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Where do I put the question mark if a question has a parenthetical statement at the end?

What would you have me do (given some factor is a and another factor is b and some other statement-y thing follows as well -- I'm not even sure what to make of the whole thing, not to mention that ...
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Comma placement for a parenthetical after “and”?

I find myself writing sentences like this often: A. Here's a summary of our discussion, and if needed, more detail can be found at www.website.com. I'm not sure if the commas there look quite ...
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How to use semicolons to set off a list in a the middle of a sentence

How would you use the semicolon in the following sentence? He had worked on a number of films, including Monsters, Inc., Sex, Lies, and Videotape, and Toy Story, but never got noticed for the work ...
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What does the usage “in Donald Trump” mean in the following sentence?

A newly aggressive Russia under Vladimir Putin and, in Donald Trump, an American president who is unenthusiastic about both the EU and NATO, make this a terrible time for Europe to be weak and divided....
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are the days of using dashes over?

I ran into a sentence which I would like to share in here to prepare the context for my question. "it was shown that TBT, HBT, and HSDT1 have the same results in order to derive fundamental ...
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Which form of punctuation is the most appropriate for this parenthetical? [closed]

Which form of punctuation is the most appropriate for this parenthetical? The strategy team is relatively new, the unit split from its parent group in early 2016, but their work is already well known....
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Usage of commas to separate a sentence beginning with “and in fact…”

I'm not sure which of these two is the correct choice: "...some properties, which are suggested, and in fact implied, by the conditions 1 and 2." "...some properties, which are suggested and in fact ...
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Differences in meaning between using parenthetical comments and not

What are the differences between using parenthetical comments and not? Such as if you have this sentence : Calhoun's ambition, to become a goalie in professional soccer, is within his reach. ...
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Comma placement in a “parenthetical expression preceded by a conjunction”

I was reading Strunk and White's Elements of Style, and I disagree with the comma placement in the following example: If a parenthetic expression is preceded by a conjunction, place the first comma ...
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Is it correct to put a definition in parentheses? [closed]

Here is an example: The process includes situation awareness (the state of knowing the conditions that affect one’s work)... I want to know whether it is correct (or acceptable or unacceptable) to ...
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Too many commas [duplicate]

Please join us Monday, August 1, 2016, for the 4th Annual Tee It Up for Down Syndrome Golf Tournament at Deer Run Golf Club in Victoria, Minnesota Do I need a comma before and after the date?
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“… any change, or addition, is …” vs. “… any change, or addition, are …”

In the sentence below is has been used, but there is some disagreement in the office over whether it should be are: This is necessary to ensure that any change, or addition, to existing ...
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Use of semicolon to separate items within a list that appears within a parenthetical element

For low-complexity ML detection, breadth-first approaches, such as ... , have been chosen as a reasonable alternative..." There are three examples of said breadth-first approaches, which appear in ...
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The name of this grammar structure

It is a serious, and sometimes fatal, disease that may become epidemic in crowded, unsanitary living conditions. I'm trying to find the name of grammar structure (a very technological term, not just ...
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Should I place a comma here—and if so, why?

In the following sentence, should I include a comma after "acquiring"—and if so, why? German residents who agree to declare that they possess, or have begun the process of acquiring**,** ...
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how to parenthetically modify something which I don't know what it is? [duplicate]

I'm trying to say something like "X has something to do with Y (which I don't know what it is)". Clearly, the expression in the parenthesis is awkward here. I'm trying to parenthetically modify the ...
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parenthetical prepositional phrase

The narrator, in the quote, said that things turned out to be horrible. According to the question I previously posted, this parenthetical prepositional phrase "in the quote" is made possible by ...
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Comma Confusion

Can someone please clear up my confusion with commas when they are used to set aside nonessential elements. An example sentence: After conceding defeat to his rivals, James took it upon himself to ...
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Should “Scientific research in general(,) and numerical mathematics in particular(,)” take singular or plural agreement?

This question is not a dublicate of "Singular or plural verb form where subject includes a 'parenthetical' element" since the latter discusses only compound subjects with "as well as". Is the ...
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Parenthetical commas

Parenthetical/nonessential/non-restrictive commas are proving to be the bain of my life atm. My first question is whether they are all names relating to the same idea? Non-restrictive modifiers, for ...
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Comma issue: noun of direct address in the middle of the sentence after conjunction

Another nitpicky comma question that I hope you will help me to resolve. How does one need to punctuate the noun of direct address (or vocative) in the middle of the sentence that goes directly after ...
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Isn't this an illogical comparison?

Here is a usage and mechanics question that I need help understanding: Change the italicized portion with the best replacement, or choose A if correct. When light from a distant source, ...
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What is a name for these parenthetical phrases?

I recently learned about parenthetical expressions, and I just want to know if these following phrases are the ones. I took notes, the elements of the story. And in this one. Victims of cancer ...
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Can someone tell me if this sentence uses parenthetical expression?

When he returned as the day was ending, a little earlier than the previous day, I was expecting him. Is "a little earlier than the previous day" parenthetical expression? Thanks.
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“Having shared, in its presence…” vs “having, in its presence, shared…”

The ocean. I was glad to have finally seen it. And even more glad of having shared--in its presence--my most intimate thoughts with Clara. The ocean. I was glad to have finally seen it. And ...
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Is there any notation or abbreviated phrase meaning “this is provisional”?

I want to write on my timetable that an event will take place at "Building X, but this is provisional as it is subject to change and it may happen somewhere else." Is there any kind of notation or ...
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Commas for parenthetical info when against technicality and ambiguity

I write the following sentence as follows: "The lady spent a few seconds gently patting the two chocobos at the coach, a popular species of avian bred throughout the country". Where does one draw the ...
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Is there any expresion in English that means “ in the right meaning ”

In Arabic we say ¨in the right meaning¨ when we want to add an expression better than the first one. E.g. ¨I am in best way today¨ or (in right meaning) ¨I am so happy¨.
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“The best (and one of very few) website[s]”

Stack Exchange is the best (and one of very few useful) question-and-answer websites in the world. In this statement, should it be website (where "best" overrules "one of very few") or websites (...
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“…and who knew?” or “…,and, who knew…” or “…, and who knew…”?

Maybe by joining that religion I'd be able to understand myself, and who knew? Maybe I'd find the meaning of life. Maybe by joining that religion I'd be able to understand myself, and, who ...
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How is tense handled in a parenthetical clause before a verb?

She will (or already has) leave for Jamaica soon. She will leave (or already has left) for Jamaica soon. I'm uncertain which of these (if either) is more correct. Should I simply not use this ...
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Multiple parenthetical citations from different sources mid sentence

I'm trying to keep with MLA format 7th edition and I'm not sure how to properly parenthetically cite a complex sentence. I have sources S1, S2, S3 where S1 and S2 have the same author, but different ...
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When Are There Too Many Commas?

This should be a fairly easy question: When the beginning of a sentence includes a parenthetical phrase, is it necessary to use more than one comma? Take this sentence for example: "But yeah, the ...
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Should a parenthetical verb agree with the main subject?

The question is how to write the following sentence in a parenthetical form: Loops — A loop is an arc that pairs a vertex to itself. — are not allowed here. Are the following sentences ...
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How crazy can “and” be?

After seeing completely insane examples of "and" usage in this question , I realized that I have no clue how to use the word "and" grammatically: How far does the insanity go? Are the following ...
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“Greed, for lack of a better word, is good” vs. “greed is, for lack of a better word, good”

Which of the two usages is correct? Do both of them imply the same meaning? Greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is, for lack of a better word, good. I perceive a subtle ...
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Singular or plural verb form where subject includes a “parenthetical” element

My question arises from this one, where OP asks whether he should use the singular or plural verb form after "the title, as well as the tone," As luck would have it, when I searched Google Books for ...