AP Style isn’t a huge fan of paren­the­ses because they can often be replaced with oth­er types of punc­tu­a­tion, like com­mas or em dash­es. But we use them when appro­pri­ate. Information includ­ed in paren­the­ses is sup­ple­men­tary to the rest of the sen­tence, like an exam­ple of what you just described or an addi­tion­al clarification.

If the par­en­thet­i­cal text is a com­plete sen­tence, use sen­tence case and add cor­rect end punc­tu­a­tion before the last paren­the­sis. If the par­en­thet­i­cal is a frag­ment, any nec­es­sary punc­tu­a­tion for the rest of the sen­tence will be out­side the parenthesis.

Hudl helps teams (and athletes win.).

Don’t put primary details that are necessary to the main sentence in parentheses.

Hudl can help any level of sports (e.g., elite, college, high school and youth).

Do use parentheses to clarify the primary content.

Last Updated: 5 May 2020 at 2:13pm CDT