Re: Simple Punctuation Questions - HELP

Subject: Re: Simple Punctuation Questions - HELP
From: Jennifer Vaid <jvaid -at- san-jose -dot- tt -dot- slb -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Tue, 05 Oct 1999 15:42:09 -0700

I agree with Chuck-that's the way I've always used parentheses.

At 03:02 PM 10/5/1999 -0700, Chuck wrote:

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.)

Chuck Martin
writer -at- best -dot- com

Jennifer Vaid
Technical Writer
Schlumberger Technologies
ATE Division

When something can be read without effort, great effort has
gone into its writing. - Enrique Jardiel Poncela

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