Style - use a parenthetical statement

Malc Prentice

What is a "parenthical"

They help you give extra information in the MIDDLE of a sentence. For example:

How do I use them?

There are three ways:

Just put one on each side of the extra information

Common mistakes

Remember you need TWO of them!

Cats - a common pet ! are cute.

Cats (a common pet ! are cute.

Cats, a common pet ! are cute.

Do not use confusing commas

If there are commas in your extra information, use "()" or "--" not ",,"

This is a common problem with keyword lists.

OK: The three disadvantages - A, B, and C - that this causes are a problem.

OK: The three disadvantages (A, B, and C) that this causes are a problem.

NO: There are three disadvantages , A, B, and C, that this causes. Firstly, A is...