Parentheses

Make the point in each of your sentences without using parentheses. Don’t use parentheses in place of commas, to enclose a complete sentence, or to include unnecessary information or an afterthought.

You can use parentheses to introduce an abbreviation.

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Use the Drucare Search Processing Language (SPL) to search your data.
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Use SPL (the Drucare Search Processing Language) to search your data.

You can use parentheses when explaining that a task is optional in a procedure.

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(Optional) Type context for the task in a new paragraph.
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Optional: Type context for the task in a new paragraph.
Type context for the task in a new paragraph (optional).

You can also use parentheses when writing about one or more fields in statistical commands and charting functions for SPL. See the following example:

  • Use with earliest(x) and latest(x) to calculate the rate of increase.

Don’t write a lowercase “s” or “es” in parentheses, “(s)” or “(es)”, after a noun to indicate both singular and plural. Choose the best option for your documentation.

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