Answered By: Rachel Willard
Last Updated: Jul 04, 2016     Views: 186

Parentheses are used to set off information within a sentence. Often they are used to give information that supplements the complete sentence.

Parentheses can also be used to set off abbreviations and citations, refer to tables or figures in a text, or to set off letters in a list. 

APA suggests avoiding back-to-back parentheses, and avoiding the use of parentheses within parentheses. ​  


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