In this video, learn about parentheses and three types of brackets. Even though these punctuation marks are not used as commonly as some of the others, they also have correct and incorrect uses. Judy Steiner-Willams examines six different types of brackets and describes how to properly use them.
- [Instructor] Look at these four punctuation marks.…Do you recognize them?…Do you use them?…I venture a guess that you use the first one,…the parentheses, sometimes called round brackets.…Maybe the second, the brackets,…also referred to as square brackets or crotches.…Then next, the brace or sometimes called the curly bracket…probably not often, if ever,…and the last, the angle bracket,…hardly ever used in writing, but is a common symbol in math.…So let's compare and contrast them,…starting with the parentheses.…
They're used to enclose information…that is added to clarify or de-emphasize something.…Maybe even an afterthought.…The words inside the parentheses can be removed…without changing the sentence's meaning.…Look at this example.…Notice that if the second parenthesis…is at the end of the sentence,…the end punctuation mark is placed…outside the parenthesis if the material…inside the parentheses is not a complete sentence.…Also notice that the first word inside the parentheses…should be lower case, rather than a capital.…
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