Should I pluralize based on an item in parentheses

Which of the following two sentences is correct: Jon (and Michael) is smart. Jon (and Michael) are smart. This example is clearly contrived but my question is whether the sentence should be grammatically correct when you erase the text in parentheses (Jon is smart) or should it be grammatically correct when read with the text … Read more

Parentheses within abbreviations

The example that I have is from South Africa. Chartered accountants here abbreviate their titles in emails to: CA(SA) This is meant to abbreviate “Chartered Accountant (South Africa)”. I feel, however, that this may be a mistake that is propagated by a precedent set by other accountants. Is it not more correct to use a … Read more

A or an before slash phrase? A or an before parenthetical phrase equivalent to slash phrase?

NOT A DUPLICATE! The other question only asks about parenthetical phrases, not slash phrases. The other question’s parenthetical phrase (answer(s) explained that it’s not really a parenthetical phrase) is a separate word. Mine is an intra-word parenthetical prefix. That’s different! Extreme votes on a Stack Exchange post often indicates that there was a(n) (dis)agreement. When … Read more

Nesting parentheses inside brackets

I want to insert a parenthetical phrase into a quotation as an editorial note. Since such notes are surrounded by square brackets to differentiate them from the original quote, I end up with this: “All reasonings concerning matter of fact [(i.e., all objects of human reason or enquiry other than relations of ideas)] seem to … Read more

(un)conditional or (un-)conditional?

I want to write “conditional (mean imputation)” and “unconditional (mean imputation)” shorter, which of these 4 is the best way to do that? If multiple ways are correct, which is the most common (in American English)? (un)conditional or (un-)conditional or (un) conditional or (un-) conditional Which way of writing is correct; and Edit: for clarification: … Read more

Where do periods go when a statement in parenthesis ends in an abbreviation

I know that the standard use is that an abbreviation at the end of a sentence that would normally end with a period has just a single period. I also know that a sentence that ends with a statement in parenthesis has a period on the outside of the parenthesis. However, what happens if I … Read more

Where do I put the question mark if a question has a parenthetical statement at the end?

What would you have me do (given some factor is a and another factor is b and some other statement-y thing follows as well — I’m not even sure what to make of the whole thing, not to mention that she said “screw you, you PIG!”)? I suspect the question mark goes at the end … Read more

Singular or plural verb after parenthetical material containing a conjunction?

I would tend to say Sara (and all of us) have a lot to think about now. …but it occurs to me that if I remove the parenthetical it’s clearly incorrect. Is it proper to say Sara (and all of us) has a lot to think about now. …that sounds really strange to my ear. … Read more