When do you use the parenthesis? I have noticed two kind of signs for ideas out the main sentence. One is the parenthesis: "That would be roughly 20g a day in women (the equivalent of 2.5 tablespoons butter or four supermarket sausages) and 30g a day in men (a quarter-pounder hamburger with cheese, plus four tablespoons of double cream)" But, the other one (I don't know its surname but is drawing like this - ) is very similar in order to separate extra ideas “Furthermore, despite some claims to the contrary, the wealth of scientific evidence indicates total and LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol – often referred to as the ‘bad’ cholesterol – are proven contributors to heart disease." So, what's the difference between them? When to use one and when the other?... In Spanish there is just the parenthesis _____________ Thank you for your advice
Jul 15, 2019 5:18 PM
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Very useful information Michael, thanks a lot Then, the three signs works and apparently there's no difference between them except for the style of the written. Personally, I prefer first the parenthesis, then the dashes
July 15, 2019
There's a good answer pn this at It says, amongst other things : "A parenthesis is additional information added into a sentence as an explanation or an afterthought. A parenthesis can be shown using two brackets, two commas, or two dashes. The choice is yours. Here are some guidelines: Using Dashes. Your parenthesis will be easily seen, but dashes can look a little stark. Using Commas. Commas make for a normal-looking sentence, but commas can be confused with other commas in the sentence. Using Brackets: Your parenthesis will be easily seen, but brackets can make official letters look a little unorganized. "
July 15, 2019
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