Brackets/Round Brackets or Parentheses
Round brackets are basically used to add extra information to a sentence. Look at these examples:
() = brackets or round brackets
() = parentheses
- explain or clarify
indicate "plural or singular"
- Tony Blair (the former British prime minister) resigned from office in 2007.
add a personal comment
- Please leave your mobile telephone(s) at the door.
- Many people love parties (I don't).
- The matter will be decided by the IOC (International Olympic Committee).
Some grammarians believe that (whenever possible) we should use commas.
Some grammarians believe that, whenever possible, we should use commas.
Remember that the full stop, exclamation mark or question mark goes after the final bracket (unless the brackets contain a complete sentence). Look at these examples:
- My car is in the drive (with the window open).
- I just had an accident with our new car. (Sssh! My husband doesn't know yet.)
- The weather is wonderful. (If only it were always like this!)
- The party was fantastic (as always)!
- Do you remember Johnny (my brother's friend)?
- Johnny came too. (Do you remember Johnny?) We had a great time.