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Brackets - Glossary of Terms


Brackets are punctuation marks used in pairs to enclose an afterthought or additional information. These are brackets ( ).


You are required to attend the meeting in Plymouth on Tuesday. (Avoid the A303 if I were you.) 
Andrew Sissons (the author) lived in Tenby until the age of 16.
Brackets look a little informal, and many writers do not like to use them in official correspondence. To avoid brackets, you can either reword your text or use dashes or commas instead.
Associated pages:
Glossary of grammatical terms
A choice of parentheses 

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