Parentheses

Parentheses are punctuation marks that serve two main purposes: to set aside material that is not necessary and to indicate that a word can be singular or plural.

Let’s take a look at the first use. In this sentence, it says:

Last week, a tornado came through our town (which is not common) destroying many homes.”

Now, “which is not common“, which is in parentheses, is not necessary to the meaning of the sentence. In fact, we could just take this phrase right out, and it wouldn’t even change the meaning of the sentence.

Take a look at what I mean.

Last week, a tornado came through our town destroying many homes.”

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