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Some sentences (including this one) will make use of brackets, to provide extra information.

The brackets are the small curved lines that surround the extra information.

The information is always closely related to the main sentence.

The sentence should still make sense without the bracketed information.


We use brackets to provide an aside, or give extra information in a sentence.

For example,

The boys (five in all) wanted to play football.

Remember to make sure that full stops go OUTSIDE the brackets if they are at the end of the sentence.


Your Turn…

1. What are Brackets?
A comedy duo
Punctuation marks
Domestic appliances

2. What do brackets look like?
( )

3. What is the job of a pair of brackets?
To precede an explanation
To surround additional information in a sentence
To slice fruit

4. Which of the following sentences should include a pair of brackets?
Tim’s shoes were yellow bright yellow with a blue stripe.
The dog seemed to like cheese.
I don’t understand cricket.

5. Look at the following sentence: She finally said after taking five minutes to think that she would be washing her hair for the next month. Where should the brackets go?
After “said” and after “think”
After “think” and after “month”
After “taking” and after “minutes”

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