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Generally punctuation should be outside the parenthesis, unless the
punctuation applies to the text within the parenthesis. If multiple
punctuation would be required, the stronger punctuation is retained.
From: Parker, Cassandra M. [mailto:CMPARKER -at- intermedia -dot- com]
Sent: Tuesday, October 05, 1999 5:26 PM
Subject: Simple Punctuation Questions - HELP
Hello List Members,
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 situations).
My copy is dated 1993.
* I also check the Grammar Smart handbook and it shows punctuation outside
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 the
parentheses or quotes.
I know this is a simple question and probably has a simple answer. Have the
rules changed since my 1994 Chicago Manual of Style? Also, what is the
latest version of this manual?
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