The Parenthetical

Don’t forget that a parenthetical has to be surrounded by punctuation. When the parenthetical follows the word and, for example, there has to be a pair of commas around the parenthetical.

…And in the morning we noticed the crack. (a prepositional phrase that is NOT a parenthetical but is just a modifier)
…And, by the way, we noticed the crack. (a prepositional phrase that is a parenthetical)

…And by 10:00 he was ready to go. (a prepositional phrase that is NOT a parenthetical but is just a modifier)
…And, at any rate, he was ready to go. (a prepositional phrase that is a parenthetical)

Happy punctuating!

Margie

It Only Seems As If I Went Away

Good morning, all.

I have just been on an extended mental holiday for the last couple of weeks along with fighting a horrid cold and traveling for fun! Thank you to those of you who have inquired. I am fine.

We have had trouble with the subscriptions to the blog. If you are experiencing any problems, please let me know via email: mww@margieholdscourt.com.

I will resume the blog tomorrow.

Happy punctuating!

Margie