offset with parentheses

  • dojibear

    Senior Member
    English (US - northeast)
    What this webpage calls "a parenthesis" is what I call "a parenthetical" or "a parenthetical comment".

    "Offset" is odd. The punctuation marks are put on both sides of the parenthetical, separating it from the rest of the sentence.

    For example, if the sentence is "The big boat was in the water." and the parenthetical is "that I recently purchased" then the combination can be written three ways (these are the same sentence):

    The big boat (that I recently purchased) was in the water.
    The big boat, that I recently purchased, was in the water.
    The big boat -- that I recently purchased -- was in the water.
     

    daniellcx

    Member
    Chinese
    What this webpage calls "a parenthesis" is what I call "a parenthetical" or "a parenthetical comment".

    "Offset" is odd. The punctuation marks are put on both sides of the parenthetical, separating it from the rest of the sentence.

    For example, if the sentence is "The big boat was in the water." and the parenthetical is "that I recently purchased" then the combination can be written three ways (these are the same sentence):

    The big boat (that I recently purchased) was in the water.
    The big boat, that I recently purchased, was in the water.
    The big boat -- that I recently purchased -- was in the water.
    Thank you so much. "a parenthetical comment" is much clear to me, it means something that interjects in the sentence.

    As parenthesis can also mean "()", it is a bit confusing for me.

    Thank you so much.
     
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