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Parenthetical Expression With Examples and Meaning

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A parenthetical expression is a word or words that are added to a sentence without changing the meaning or grammar of the original sentence. Explanatory expressions give additional but not necessary information. You can add and remove parentheses, and the sentence works the same way.


Parenthetical expression

 

When nonessential information is added parentally to a sentence, it is usually separated from the main sentence by commas or other punctuation.

In fact, there are three types of parenthetical expression that can separate algebraic expressions:

 
1. Commas ,.......,

Commas are the usual form of punctuation for a surrounding expression. Remember, if the original appears in the middle of the sentence, there should be two commas, one before and the other, Examples:

  • Some foods, sugar for example, are not good for us.
  • Timothy, who lives near Stonehenge, goes to church regularly.
  • Tara, although she comes from a hot climate, hates hot weather.
  • Anthony, however, decided not to go.
 

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2. Round brackets (.......)

Brackets are the most common form of parenthetical expression. Brackets can only appear in parentheses in the middle of a sentence, and there must always be parentheses, examples:

  • The planet closest to the sun (ie Mercury) has the most extreme temperature variations.
  • The 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings (6 June 1944) was attended by many world leaders.
 

3. Long dashes —.......— 

Dashes for parentheses are less common. If the original appears in the middle of the sentence, there must be two conditionals, one before one.

  • The cheetah—the world's fastest land animal—is native to Africa.
  • If they didn't understand you—a qualified teacher—how will they ever understand me?
 

Note: Note that in all of the above examples, where the parent is located in the middle of the sentence, there must be a pair of punctuation marks - an opening mark and a closing mark. However, when the origin is at the beginning or end of the sentence, we can use a single comma or a single dash. It is not possible to use a single bracket.

Look at these examples:

  • Well, how are you going to explain yourself now?
  • You should never drink and drive, of course.
  • John had not been drinking—or so he says.
 
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