Parentheses

Margie Wakeman Wells General Leave a Comment

Since parentheses indicate that the material inside the parens is less important than the information around it, we do not use parens to punctuation what is being said in a transcript.

When there is a “blurb” inside parentheses, there are standard English rules that cover what needs to be done.

If what is inside the parens is a complete grammatical sentence,

  • cap the first word of the sentence.
  • put punctuation inside the parens.

…Q  Where did it hit you?
…A  (Indicating.)

If what is inside the parens is a fragment and part of a larger thought,

  • do not cap the first word.
  • put punctuation outside the parens.

…Q  Where did it hit you?
…A  Right along here (indicating).

Happy punctuating!

Margie

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