Re: USAGE: parentheses and punctuation

Subject: Re: USAGE: parentheses and punctuation
From: "Simmons, Brian" <brian -dot- simmons -at- LAMRC -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 17 Jul 1996 15:24:00 PDT

From Handbook of Technical Writing by Brusaw, Alred, and Oliu:

"Parenthetical material does not affect the punctuation of a sentence. If a
parenthesis closes a sentence, the ending punctuation should appear after
the parenthesis."

"A sentence that ends in a parenthesis requires a period after the

"However, when a complete sentence within parentheses stands independently,
the ending punctuation goes inside the final parenthesis."

From A Writer's Reference by Hacker:
"NOTE: If a sentence ends with a period marking an abbreviation, do not add
a second period."

I could provide more references but here's a plan. Pick a reference. Read
it. Compare it with the example under discussion.

Brian Wesley Simmons
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