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Making sense of parentheses and periods

Punctuation 6006rules are complicated enough. But what happens when you stick two punctuation marks next to one another – like parentheses and periods?

Don’t panic – chaos need not ensure.

The last parentheses goes in front of the end mark for the sentence it belongs to:

Please find January’s report attached (see January Report).

If the words within the parentheses forms a complete sentence, capitalize the first word and use an end mark before the last parentheses. An additional end mark still is needed at the end of the main sentence that the parentheses supports:

Please find January’s report attached (It is called January Report.).

Please find January’s report attached (It is called January Report.) as you requested.

Thank you for remaining calm, and may now go about your business.

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