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Subject:Re: Simple Punctuation Questions - HELP From:"Chuck" <writer -at- best -dot- com> To:techwr-l Date:Tue, 5 Oct 1999 15:02:09 -0700
I don't have my style guides here, but here's how I understand parenthetical
punctuation (and how I use it, which hasn't been changed by editors).
If you have a parethetical phrase at the end of a sentence (such as the one
above), the punctuation goes outside the end parenthesis.
But if the paretheses surround an outside though, a thought that is both
itself a complete sentence and appearing totally outside any other sentence,
the punctuation goes inside. (It's not the same rule as with quotation
Now, the question is: is that correct? (I'll forget to look it up by the
time I get to my library of grammar and style books.)
writer -at- best -dot- com
Parker, Cassandra M. <CMPARKER -at- intermedia -dot- com> wrote in message news:25674 -at- techwr-l -dot- -dot- -dot-
> I know this questions has been hashed before but I can't seem to find
> anywhere on it.
> What is the rule for punctuation at the end of parentheses?
> * I checked the Chicago Manual of Style and it shows punctuation outside
> the parentheses (but I must point out that my copy is dated 1994).
> * I checked The Elements of Technical Writing handbook and it shows
> punctuation outside the parentheses (unless there were special
> My copy is dated 1993.
> * I also check the Grammar Smart handbook and it shows punctuation
> the parentheses (dated 1996).
> * I further checked the Internet local newspaper (The Tampa Tribune) and
> the local online TV station (WFLA) and both have the punctuation inside
> parentheses or quotes.