Proofreading Service - Pain in the English
Proofreading Service - Pain in the English

Your Pain Is Our Pleasure

24-Hour Proofreading Service—We proofread your Google Docs or Microsoft Word files. We hate grammatical errors with passion. Learn More

Proofreading Service - Pain in the English
Proofreading Service - Pain in the English

Your Pain Is Our Pleasure

24-Hour Proofreading Service—We proofread your Google Docs or Microsoft Word files. We hate grammatical errors with passion. Learn More

Punctuation Inside ( ) While Ending a Sentence

So, I wrote this email to my girlfriend that went:

Have fun in your meeting (or don’t have fun at all!).

That leaves me with an awkward feeling; an exclamation mark, a parenthesis, and a period to end off my sentence. Can I do that and still be correct?

Submit Your Comment

or fill in the name and email fields below:

Comments

Looks fine to me, although "Have fun in your meeting (or don't have fun at all)!" would make just as much sense, and probably wouldn't look as awkward to you.

Dave3 Jul-23-2004

0 vote   Permalink   Report Abuse

I like Dave's suggestion.

speedwell2 Jul-23-2004

0 vote   Permalink   Report Abuse

It's correct to have punctiation at the end of a sentence. It does look awkward having a bracket followed by a full stop, but then, if you want to apply an exclamation to the remark in parenthesis, you'll have to write it that way.

Alternatively:

Have fun in your meeting - or don't have fun at all! might work too.

Colin

Coliln Jul-25-2004

0 vote   Permalink   Report Abuse

Yup, it's fine. Don't worry.

Glenn Jul-26-2004

0 vote   Permalink   Report Abuse

I was reading the translation of Wim Wenders' The Act of Seeing and there the translator had a footnote that ended thus: ...(Trans.).
I guess that publishers use different system of punctuation. The above-mentioned book is Faber&Faber's and their stuff is very different that, say, Routledge.
However the same subject's been also discussed at:
http://www.painintheenglish.com/post.asp?id=180

goossun Jul-29-2004

0 vote   Permalink   Report Abuse

The period at the end of TRANS doesn't signify the end of a sentence, but rather an abbreviation, so it's not really comparable.

Dave3 Jul-30-2004

0 vote   Permalink   Report Abuse

You don't need the period, that's all.

nono Aug-06-2004

0 vote   Permalink   Report Abuse

If you don't use the period, you should put the exclamation outside the parentheses. The phrase inside the parentheses is not a sentence (It is a continuation of the sentence.), and does not need its own period or exclamation.

Have fun in your meeting (or don't have fun at all)!
or
Have fun in your meeting. (Maybe you won't have fun at all!)

ladylucy1 Sep-22-2004

0 vote   Permalink   Report Abuse

I think the way you wrote it is just fine.

Astartes Oct-26-2004

0 vote   Permalink   Report Abuse

Do you have a question? Submit your question here