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Parentheses and commas can serve the same basic function – to set off information that is not essential to the meaning of a sentence. So, why would a writer choose to use parentheses instead of commas? What is the effect of using these two marks of punctuation?
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Commas, parentheses and dashes set off extra-information, appositives (another name for a person, [ place or thing) and afterthoughts from the main clause of a sentence. Commas are the preferred way to set-off information from the rest of the sentence. However, parentheses and dashes can be used too. The use of dashes is considered to be more informal than the use of commas and parentheses. Use these only when necessary, as straying from your topic too many times makes it difficult for your reader to follow your thought. arentheses are used to enclose incidental or extra
information, such as a passing comment, a minor example or addition, or a brief explanation. The writer may choose to put additional information within parentheses or to set off the text using dashes or commas ]
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