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Use Parentheses

In this worksheet, students will develop their understanding of parenthesis and how to use it.

'Use Parentheses' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 5 English worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Writing: Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation

Curriculum subtopic:   Parenthesis Awareness

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

parenthesis is a word or a phrase that is inserted into a sentence to add information or explain something.


We generally put extra information inside commas.

 My friend, who is called Jo, loves dogs.


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However, if we want the extra information to stand out more, then dashes or brackets can be used.

My friend - who is called Joe - loves dogs.

My friend (who is called Joe) loves dogs.


Sometimes, people use the word parenthesis to refer to the brackets themselves, but strictly speaking the parenthesis is the information, not the punctuation.


The sentence should always make sense without the parenthesis, whether commas, dashes or brackets are used.


Brackets tend to be used in a more formal or professional setting.

Dashes are generally more informal and are often used in emails or other casual writing.


The plural of parenthesis is parentheses.


In this activity, we will look at how to use these correctly, so if you are ready, let's get started!


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