What are the omitted premises here, and why arethey unacceptable?

We have the Parenthesis disease in our literature, too; and one may seecases of it every day in our books and newspapers: but with us it is the markand sign of an unpracticed writer or a cloudy intellect, whereas with theGermans it is doubtless the mark and sign of a practiced pen and of thepresence of that sort of luminous intellectual fog which stands for clearnessamong these people. For surely it is not clearness -- it necessarilycan't be clearness. Even a jury would have penetration enough to discoverthat. A writer's ideas must be a good deal confused, a good deal out of lineand sequence, when he starts out to say that a man met a counselor's wife inthe street, and then right in the midst of this so simple undertaking haltsthese approaching people and makes them stand still until he jots down aninventory of the woman's dress. That is manifestly absurd. It reminds aperson of those dentists who secure your instant and breathless interest in atooth by taking a grip on it with the forceps, and then stand there and drawlthrough a tedious anecdote before they give the dreaded jerk. Parentheses inliterature and dentistry are in bad taste.

Periods go inside parentheses only if an entire sentence is inside the parentheses.

For some reason, many writers have begun to omit the space before a parenthetic page citation, like this:(p. 17). Always preserve the space, like this: (p. 17).


Parentheses and Brackets | Punctuation Rules

When used in place of parentheses at the end of a sentence, only a single dash is used.

or that wouldn't normally fit into the flow of your text but you want to include nonetheless. If the material within parentheses appears within a sentence, do not use a capital letter or period to punctuate that material, even if the material is itself a complete sentence. (A question mark or exclamation mark, however, might be appropriate and necessary.) If the material within your parentheses is written as a separate sentence (not included within another sentence), punctuate it as if it were a separate sentence.


it can be interpreted as a parenthesis followed by an apostrophe

Theparentheticalform also serves to give some statements a context (stuffed right intothe middle of another sentence at the most pertinent point) which theywould not have if they had to be written as complete sentencesfollowinganother sentence.

Quotation Marks, Parentheses, And Periods

There are ten parts of speech, and they are all troublesome. An averagesentence, in a German newspaper, is a sublime and impressive curiosity; itoccupies a quarter of a column; it contains all the ten parts of speech -- notin regular order, but mixed; it is built mainly of compound words constructedby the writer on the spot, and not to be found in any dictionary -- six orseven words compacted into one, without joint or seam -- that is, withouthyphens; it treats of fourteen or fifteen different subjects, each inclosed ina parenthesis of its own, with here and there extra parentheses whichreinclose three or four of the minor parentheses, making pens within pens:finally, all the parentheses and reparentheses are massed together between acouple of king-parentheses, one of which is placed in the first line of themajestic sentence and the other in the middle of the last line of it --after which comes the VERB, and you find out for the first time whatthe man has been talking about; and after the verb -- merely by way ofornament, as far as I can make out -- the writer shovels in "haben sindgewesen gehabt haben geworden sein," or words to that effect, and themonument is finished. I suppose that this closing hurrah is in the nature ofthe flourish to a man's signature -- not necessary, but pretty. German booksare easy enough to read when you hold them before the looking-glass or standon your head -- so as to reverse the construction -- but I think that to learnto read and understand a German newspaper is a thing which must always remainan impossibility to a foreigner.

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1. Writers sometime like to sparingly use an exclamation point enclosed in parenthesis to draw the reader's attention to unlikely, ironic or unexpected sentences. However, it may be more elegant to choose different wordings to express irony and such.

[Exclamation point expresses amazement and maybe also disgust]


[his hard to believe and visually disturbing expresses amazement and maybe also disgust]