A parenthesis is additional information added into a sentence as an explanation or an afterthought. A parenthesis can be shown using two brackets, two commas or two dashes — the choice is yours. Here are some guidelines:|
For Parenthesis, Use Commas, Dashes or BracketsA parenthesis is additional information added into a sentence as an explanation or an afterthought. For example (parenthesis shown in bold):
Try reading each example with the parenthesis removed. It will still make sense.
dashes used for parenthesis
However, As a ResultInserted comments such as however, therefore, as a result, as far as I am concerned, for all intents and purposes, subsequently, so to speak, etc. fall into the category of parenthesis too. (As a rule, brackets are not used with these.)
A parenthesis adds more information to a sentence:
WHAT SHOULD I USE FOR PARENTHESES?
It is your choice whether to use commas, brackets , or dashes for parentheses. Below are some guidelines:
END THE PARENTHESIS
Always remember to end a parenthesis. When using commas or dashes, writers often forget to end the parenthesis. This is as wrong as not closing a pair of brackets.
PARENTHESIS IN APPOSITION
The term in apposition just means the same. When a parenthesis is the same thing as whatever it follows, it is called parenthesis in apposition.