Flashcard 12 - Writing and Language Flashcard Set for the PSAT/NMSQT Exam

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The correct answer is:

Parentheses [( )] should surround a word or phrase given as an aside. Generally the author wants to “de-emphasize” whatever is in the parentheses while still including the information.


Explanation:

If the parentheses are within a sentence, don’t capitalize or punctuate the word or phrase, and don’t include the word or phrase in the subject. Example:

“I told the teacher that my dad (you’ve met him) would be a great chaperone for the field trip.”

Question marks (?) and exclamation points (!) don’t always follow this rule:
“I told the teacher that my dad (have you met him?) would be a great chaperone for the field trip.”

If the parentheses are in their own sentence, capitalize and punctuate. Example:
“I told the teacher that my dad would be a great chaperone for the field trip. (You’ve met him.)”

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