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For questions about explanatory words or phrases set off from the main sentence or passage using punctuation (usually parentheses).

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Word order involving a “cup of coffee”

1) Joan joins Tim at the table with a cup of coffee. 2) Joan joins Tim at the table, with a cup of coffee. 3) Joan, carrying a cup of coffee, joins Tim at the table. 4) Joan joins Tim at the table, ...
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Do I need periods in parentheses for examples that include full sentences?

it's hard to explain so here's a madeup example: I like Stackexchange because it has funny questions (e.g., “What is English?”), interesting comments (e.g., "You put the 'low' in 'clown.'") and ...
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Correct usage of brackets/dashes instead of comma

When pausing to add extra information or a dependent clause mid sentence, which is the correct way to use brackets (parentheses) and em-dashes, and can they be used in the same way as commas and vice ...
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Placement of parenthetical expressions

Would parenthetical expressions go after the noun/pronoun they are commenting on or describing even if that noun has descriptors that come after it? Like in the following sentence: A couple of the ...
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Punctuation after conjunction like “or” and “and”

I am wondering when we put commas, because in most situations after a conjunction we don't put a comma. Example: This must be true or at least truer than the last proposition. However, we may ...
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. . . have a natural talent for—thinks strongly and clearly

The following is from Emma, and I'm wondering whether there is a disconnection here; the preposition for seems to lack an object, and "thinks strongly and clearly" seems out of place, grammatically. ...
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The restrictive relative clause structure containing “you think be”?

I have read this article which explains in detail what relative clauses are, but I still cannot clear up the structure of the below sentence(from here): I want to know what program, where, and ...
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what article (a/an) to use when there when there's a parenthesis following it?

I just wrote down a sentence like this This is __ (infinite) subset. Should I use a or an here? Do I consider what's in the parenthesis when choosing the article?
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Can a parenthesis come between a “to” and its infinitive?

Is it okay for a parenthesis to come between to + infinitive, or should it stay as a one-part whether it's before or after the parenthesis? I began to, when it left me and disappeared, desire it ...
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What is the grammatical function of the bold phrase in the sentence?

Some of the world's oldest preserved art is the cave art of Europe, most of it in Spain and France. The above sentence is from IELTS test reading passage, and it is oral English. I want to make ...
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A word in parentheses with a punctuation mark

I have come across the format of where one single word rests inside parenthesis and is followed by a punctuation mark. Some of how I have seen it used (The examples are written by me but I have ...
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Usage of commas

The concept of using commas to link dependant and independant clauses has always confused me. - Can you please explain this concept? Here's an example that might help if you're trying to answer my ...
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Parenthesis with apostrophe, how to order and how to space?

I have a very simple phrase: I want to introduce Adam's kid I want to insert a pair of parentheses for Adam, say, should be like this: I want to introduce Adam (my friend)'s kid But I'm not ...
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meaning of a parenthetical expression : all the more

What does "all the more" mean in the following? I cannot find its definition in the dictionary. How does one go out on top and, all the more, do it with grace? Here, the context is about a person ...
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Formal paper and Capitalization (inside parenthesis or about special elements -Tables, figures etc-)

In a thesis, or a formal paper written in English. What is the correct way to write inside a parenthesis and what is the correct way to refer to a table, or figure or section etc.? Also, do we have ...
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How to quickly understand mutliple continuous parenthetical phrases?

The problem comes when I try to understand (multiple) continuous parentheses, for example: Summary of text leading up to this: someone purpose to eliminate 13 majors about humanities since they are ...
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parenthesis sentence

What is meaning of the bold clause? Is it a part of what Peirce labeled as a priori method? Is it supposed to say that the consensus is emerged through the a priori method? (Because the consensus can'...
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What is the grammatical facts of this sentence?

We must forgive those we feel have wronged us, not because they deserve to be forgiven, but because we love ourselves so much we don't want to keep paying for the injustice. The above sentence is ...
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Four Parenthesis?

This fish swam (around, and around) (maybe, around, some seaweed). If you may have two, maybe, parenthetical thoughts, each, maybe, somewhat different, may it seem grammatical, and proper, to use, ...
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Does an (optionally) parenthesised word influence choice of article “a” vs “an”, or ðə vs ðiː?

The title sentence could be rendered in two ways: the one above, or Does a (optionally) parenthesised word... This might be more appropriate since the "optionally" has a kind of “removable” ...
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What is this use of the dash?

The sentence is The periodic table proposed by Mendeleev was the culmination of many observations and discoveries — but, like every culmination, this end was also a beginning. I learnt that the ...
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Where do I have to put the word “that”?

I have written the following sentence, I do not know what is the best place to put the word that. although I just feel version 2 is better. Version 1 - Also, I have to mention that (I don't know if ...
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Omitting 'the' in “chlorine can oxidise the bromide ions (in, for example, potassium bromide solution)”

From Chemguide: In each case, a halogen higher in the Group can oxidise the ions of one lower down. For example, chlorine can oxidise the bromide ions (in, for example, potassium bromide solution) ...
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Using parenthetical phrase in this sentence

Is my usage of parenthetical phrase correct int the following sentence? I think as it can be removed from the sentence, can be placed in parenthesizes or commas. We return the whole context ...
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What is the correct syntax for parenthesizing “products”, “result”, “pagenavigationbar” and “between”

I don't know much about the syntax and semantic of the parenthetical phrases. I have made the following sentence: Suppose that we have created a context named “Products” using two anchors, “Results”...
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Are double parenthesis orthographically correct?

In a sentence, when I want to talk about something that isn't really important I can use parenthesis "(...)" to express how insignificant this thing is. For example: Your sister is very beautiful (...
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What if an abbreviation is formed of different letters, not the first letters

I have encountered a very confusing abbreviation form. ex) an electrical vehicle charging apparatus (EVSE). I've searched on Google and have found out that the EVSE stands for "electrical vehicle ...
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Is the parenthesis correct?

Suggesting expressions are usually expressed when a subordinate makes a proposal or suggestion to the superior and usually speaks with sincere or, at least, neutral tone in order to avoid offending. ...
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Is omitting articles in parentheses allowed?

My question concerns the omission of articles when a word/phrase is followed by additional facts in parentheses or brackets (the noun phrases in the brackets are related to the noun before the ...
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Is “you think” a parenthesis ? Or it is a subject and a predicate of a object clause which in an attributive clause?

Look at this sentence - If you are prepared for something that you think is going to happen, you are ready for it. I parse it like this : if you are prepared for something you think that ...