Period with Parentheses or Brackets
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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