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We can use brackets and dashes for parenthesis, but we can also use commas. Commas tend to be less forceful.

Any words inside the punctuation used for parenthesis can be left out, but will still leave a meaningful sentence.

The words are less important to the sentence itself, so they can be seen as additional information.


Commas used for parenthesis are placed on each side of what appears to be the additional information.

For example,

This sandwich made by my mother was tasty.

The sentence would still be meaningful without the section in between the commas.

Remember, commas are usually the best choice for parenthesis if you want to be more subtle.


Your Turn…

1. What is parenthesis?
A way of providing extra information within a sentence
A way of providing extra sentences
A way of providing extra verbs

2. Which punctuation marks can be used for parenthesis?
Commas, dashes and brackets
Apostrophes, inverted commas and question marks
Full stops, exclamation marks and ellipses

3. Which of the following sentences requires punctuation for parenthesis?
The game my favourite was about to start.
The game will start later.
The game is due to start.

4. Which of the following sentences requires punctuation for parenthesis?
Lots of people came to the talk.
There was a talk yesterday.
Regarding yesterday’s talk confusing but interesting we had good attendance.

5. Which of the following sentences requires punctuation for parenthesis?
There are lots of teddy bears.
My daughter’s favourite toys teddy bears come in so many varieties.
Teddy bears are my daughter’s favourite toys.

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