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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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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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What was wrong was his effortless segue into some similarly parenthetical waffle about the joys of Chester this week - a trailer, nothing more nor less, for the station's coverage, and one which surely has no place as an intrusion into live action.
The Bluebook "encourage[s]" the use of parenthetical explanations in connection with the signals see also and see generally (pp.
If using parenthetical citation as above, please note that the quotation ends with a period followed by the reference; there is no period after the parentheses.
According to Carter Williams, a leader in The Nursing Home Pioneers, current reform efforts have a number of concepts in common (with the parenthetical items reflecting the Pioneers' terms for them):
Sadly he also interjects parenthetical comments that are sometimes just silly.
That's why Computer Technology Review adds parenthetical explanations like: "The company claimed," "The president hoped," "according to the spec sheet," and so on.
His parenthetical advice to victims of rape, indeed, runs like a leitmotiv throughout the initial chapters.
So we'll be fighting through sentences grown thorny, sprouting odd sub-clauses, tendril-like phrases, growths of parenthetical hedges blocking out the daylight in the wild and wooded environment that is the semiotic World According to Me, where Post Modern is a staging post we left behind days ago on our epic trek through the Landscape of Language.
Applebaum and other analysts on a panel discussing investor relations complained that companies often seem to hide unpleasant facts for as long as possible, then casually mention them months after they've ceased to be relevant - and often merely as a parenthetical aside in a conversation about something more upbeat.
Chapter 10 deals with the same issues as Chapters 8 and 9 except this chapter focuses on the parenthetical method of citation and referencing.
A dirty little secret of the New England fishing industry is suggested in the parenthetical statement that the barndoor tastes like scallops.
Parenthetical expressions are, by definition, marginal to the main idea and not normally preserved in note taking.