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What does [ABC] mean inside a text?

Square brackets are mainly used to enclose additional information that was not actually said by the speaker. For example, if somebody says He shouldn't be allowed to get away with this A reporter ...
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Does an (optionally) parenthesised word influence choice of article “a” vs “an”, or ðə vs ðiː?

The rules for "a" vs "an" depend strictly on how the sentence would sound when spoken aloud. Since the parentheses don't silence the word, you ignore them when deciding which article to use. So the ...
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what article (a/an) to use when there when there's a parenthesis following it?

You should usually consider what is in the brackets, if it is part of the text. In this case "infinite" is part of the text and you would use "an". Imagine you are reading the text to someone. Would ...
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Parenthesis with apostrophe, how to order and how to space?

There is no reason to put 'my friend' in parentheses. You could use either: I want to introduce my friend Adam's kid. I want to introduce the kid of my friend Adam.
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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. No, not a complement. The comma marks it as a supplement, here an appendage, a loosely attached ...
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What if an abbreviation is formed of different letters, not the first letters

If they are synonymous and the terms are regularly used interchangeably, it's probably fine. This term seems to have many different names. An electric vehicle charging station, also called EV ...
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What is the correct syntax for parenthesizing "products", "result", "pagenavigationbar" and "between"

Suppose that we have created a context named “Products” using two anchors, “Results” as the beginning and “PageNavigationBar” as the ending anchors and "Between" as its scope. The sentence would ...
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Are double parenthesis orthographically correct?

You could also use em-dashes to set off a parenthetic phrase: Your sister —the one who is 19 years old— is very beautiful. or to append an afterthought: Your sister is very beautiful — the one who ...
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Are double parenthesis orthographically correct?

In general, it is better not to use double parentheses, as they can easily confuse readers, and are generally not considered grammatically correct. So as a rule of thumb, unless you feel you have to ...
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What if an abbreviation is formed of different letters, not the first letters

The question asks if it is okay to write "electrical vehicle charging apparatus (EVSE)" when the EVSE is an abbreviation for "electrical vehicle supply equipment". The question overlooks one ...
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Is the parenthesis correct?

Yes, the parenthesis at least is correct. Yes, the usage of "speaks" is correct in that sentence. This is more obvious when one removes all the grammatically irrelevant other stuff between the verb ...
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Omitting 'the' in "chlorine can oxidise the bromide ions (in, for example, potassium bromide solution)"

The the in your first example is not necessary but is helpful if the writer is referring to a mixture of different ions or a specific example oxidize the bromide ions in the solution not using the ...
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Does an (optionally) parenthesised word influence choice of article “a” vs “an”, or ðə vs ðiː?

The a/an rule is a pronunciation rule, not a spelling rule. You could remove the parenthesis around the "optional" word, and it would be still a fully valid sentence. This is also how you pronounce it ...
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Where do I have to put the word "that"?

Version 2 is better, because if you read it aloud, it can sound like the thing that you want to mention is "that I don't know if this is important to you." Of course, no one reading Version 1 would ...
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How to quickly understand mutliple continuous parenthetical phrases?

A quick way to understand it would be to try and read it without the parenthetical statements. After all, parenthesis are supposed to contain only supplementary information or clarifications. You ...
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Parenthesis with apostrophe, how to order and how to space?

The "better way" is not to use the parentheses at all: I want to introduce my friend Adam's kid Parentheses should be used to introduce nonessential information. Parentheses are like whispers or ...
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Parenthesis with apostrophe, how to order and how to space?

There may be ways of phrasing the sentence so that parentheses are not needed, but if you want to use parentheses, you can do so. Whatever is inside parentheses has no grammatical impact on anything ...
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A word in parentheses with a punctuation mark

Your understanding is correct. I would view these little parentheses (round brackets) as like editorial comments. The author is acting as an editor and adding a correction or detail. Punctuation is ...
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Punctuation after conjunction like "or" and "and"

The usage of commas in the second sentences is correct, not because of the conjunction, but because the words they enclose are a parenthesis in the sentence. A parenthesis is an "explanatory word, ...
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Questions including "do you think"

If I encounter a sentence such as: Why do you think the painter left the palace? I would always read it as meaning Why, in your opinion, did the painter leave the palace. unless there was context ...
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"it is that, which isn't this" versus "it is that, not this"

I'd say that 1,2 and 4 all capture the essence of what the original sentence means but are not nearly as idiomatic. A semicolon usually joins closely connected ideas. It can act as a coordinating ...
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Can a parenthesis come between a "to" and its infinitive?

You have tagged the question "poetry". In poetry, anything goes. In prose writing, what you're describing is known as a split infinitive. To split an infinitive is to put another word, or phrase, ...
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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. To answer your first question, the bold phrase is not defined as a parentheses (It would need to be ...
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Usage of commas

If a clause is parenthetical, an eliminable clause coming in the middle of the main clause or another 'more important' clause, it should either have a comma at beginning and end (as the clause in this ...
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Usage of commas

I usually say that, in English, the comma is almost always optional, even though many English teachers prefer to say they're required, probably to make things simple for their students. Commas mirror ...
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meaning of a parenthetical expression : all the more

You could paraphrase it with furthermore or moreover. It is similar to what's more. He left, and what's more, he left in style. But to my ear it's a little odd. I haven't really ever heard all ...
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Formal paper and Capitalization (inside parenthesis or about special elements -Tables, figures etc-)

Capitalise the word "Table". Don't capitalise the word "see". (but follow any specific guidelines which may overrule this) The APA Style blog gives an example: This was a larger percentage than ...
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parenthesis sentence

Q: What is meaning of the bold clause?  Is it a part of what Peirce labeled as an a priori method?  A: Yes.  Pierce labeled a combination of two things.  One of these two ...
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What is the grammatical facts of this sentence?

I can't say I find the sentence to be particularly well written. But it is clear enough what is literally meant through "forgiven." The literal meaning is "We must forgive those whom we emotionally ...
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