Parenthesis Examples

Parenthesis - punctuation mark that is used to set aside information that is not deemed to be essential to a sentence, paragraph, or longer text. The remarks put inside of the parentheses are considered to be superfluous, or explanations that are not needed. These statements are also sometimes called parenthesis, or parenthetical statements.
Examples of Parenthesis:

Examples of Parenthesis, Parenthetical Statements

1. My family is getting a new dog from the shelter (we are going to name him Barney).

2. The University of Georgia (UGA) is where my mom went to school.

3. Marie (8 years-old) is a little girl who goes to school with my brother.

4. We had a little accident (puddle, mud) on the way here and had to change our clothes.

5. Did you leave your bag (red, black handles) in the classroom?

Examples of Parenthesis, Parenthetical Statements in Literature

1. "And remember that life's A Great Balancing Act. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed) KID, YOU'LL MOVE MOUNTAINS!"Oh, the Places You'll Go, Dr. Seuss

2. But what might you think, When I had seen this hot love on the wing - As I perceiv'd it (I must tell you that) Before my daughter told me-what might you, Or my dear Majesty your queen here, think...? Hamlet, Shakespeare

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