In an earlier post, I explained the rules for using full stops in abbreviations.
But when it comes to the rules of full stops, a really tricky one is where to place them when using parentheses (or brackets). Or let me rephrase that – it’s really tricky if you don’t know the rule. It’s easy when you know how.
Put the full stop OUTSIDE the brackets when the words in brackets are part of a sentence.
Example: Brown the meat all over (roughly three minutes).
Put the full stop INSIDE the brackets when the sentence in brackets is complete.
Example: Brown the meat all over. (This should take roughly three minutes.)
Now you know. Easy, right?
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