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Parenthesis - Glossary of Terms


Parenthesis

A parenthesis offers additional information to a sentence.  It is offset with either brackets, commas or dashes (called parentheses). If a parenthesis is removed from a sentence, the sentence is still grammatically sound.

Examples:

Andrew Jacklin (last year's losing finalist) is the hot favourite.
                         
                       (brackets used as parentheses)

Paul, on the other hand, in considered extremely trustworthy.
         
     (commas used as parentheses)

They roasted the winning brisket - the size of pillow - in a mighty clay oven.
                                                   
                                             (dashes used as parentheses)

Interactive example:
 
Prices in Alton, which is only 25 minutes from London, are soaring. [show the parenthesis]
 
Associated pages:
 
Parenthesis - a choice of parentheses
Glossary of grammatical terms
 
 

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