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Period with Parentheses or Brackets

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Where Does the Period Go?

If an entire sentence or group of sentences appears in parentheses, then put the period inside the closing parenthesis. This is a parenthetical sentence. Thus:

Parenthetically Enclosed Sentence

Her mind was clouded. (She hadn't thought of him in years.) But she shook it off and continued down the hill.

If parenthetically enclosed words end a sentence, then the period comes outside the closing parenthesis:

Parenthetical Words Ending the Sentence

He enjoyed all kinds of fruit (especially apples, oranges, and bananas).


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