By the end of this section, you will be able to:
- Identify the uses of parentheses.
- Properly use parentheses in sentences.
Parentheses ( ) are punctuation marks that are always used in pairs and contain material that is secondary to the meaning of a sentence. Parentheses must never contain the subject or verb of a sentence. A sentence should make sense if you delete any text within parentheses and the parentheses.
Attack of the Killer Potatoes has to be the worst movie I have seen (so far).
Your spinach and garlic salad is one of the most delicious (and nutritious) foods I have ever tasted!
- Parentheses enclose information that is secondary to the meaning of a sentence.
- Parentheses are always used in pairs.
1. On your own sheet of paper, clarify the following sentences by adding parentheses. If the sentence is clear as it is, write OK.
- Are you going to the seminar this weekend I am?
- I recommend that you try the sushi bar unless you don’t like sushi.
- I was able to solve the puzzle after taking a few moments to think about it.
- Please complete the questionnaire at the end of this letter.
- Has anyone besides me read the assignment?
- Please be sure to circle not underline the correct answers.