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Parentheses ( ( ) ) are used to separate information that is not necessary to the structure or meaning of the surrounding text.
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[Lat.,=point], the use of special signs in writing to clarify how words are used; the term also refers to the signs themselves. In every language, besides the sounds of the words that are strung together there are other features, such as tone, accent, and pauses,
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parenthesis

The left parenthesis "(" and right parenthesis ")" are used to delineate one expression from another. For example, in the query list for size="34" and (color = "red" or color ="green"), parentheses group the ORs together so they are a distinct entity from the AND.

In programming, parentheses are used to surround input parameters of a function call. For example, in C, the string compare statement strnicmp (itemA, itemB, 10) uses parentheses to group the ITEMA, ITEMB and 10 values handed over to the function.
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All parenthesised references are to this edition: George Bernard Shaw, Pygmalion: A Romance in Five Acts (Pyg), ed.
All parenthesised references are to this edition: Mary Jane Ward, The Snake Pit (London: Cassell and Company, 1947).
All parenthesised references to The Masque of Queens and The Masque of Blackness (hereafter Blackness) are from David Lindley ed.
The first temptation is certainly assigned to Adam, but the parenthesised seeing and hearing (applicable to him) shows that the primary subject of believe and unparenthesised reading (hence, the object of the second temptation), is us.
All parenthesised references are to this edition: Elizabeth Henrietta Macquarie, "Journal 15 May-25 Dec 1809," Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales, C126, pp.
All parenthesised references in the text are to this edition.
Henceforth, all parenthesised references in the main body of the text are to this edition of "The Tale": Joseph Conrad, Tales of Hearsay (Garden City, New York: Doubleday, Page & Company, 1925).
All parenthesised references are to this edition: George Szirtes, "Backwaters: Norfolk Fields," in An English Apocalypse (Tarset: Bloodaxe Books, 2001), 103-8.