Ending sentence with parentheses

The sentence that ends on parentheses is often used to give additional information about the sentence. It can be anything from a clarification to an opinion or perspective.

  1. “I need to get a new pair of shoes for work, but I’m not sure what to get. Maybe I’ll check out Nordstrom’s website and see what they have.”
  2. “The problem is that we don’t have enough money. We could go out to eat, but we’d rather stay in and cook at home.”
  3. “We need to get going soon so we can beat the traffic.”
  4. “I didn’t know what was going on, so I just sat there.”
  5. “The book was written by someone whose name I can’t remember.”
  6. “We had a late night on Friday and woke up at noon on Saturday.”
  7. The customer service department is located on the first floor. (The company’s headquarters are located in New York.)
  8. He was born in (1932), the same year as his brother.
  9. (If you don’t know what “the same year as” means, you might want to look up the phrase.)
  10. The book was published by (Random House).
  11. The company has been around for over 25 years and has been a mainstay in the industry (with one exception).
  12. The woman who teaches my yoga class is always late. (She was late again today).
  13. When I told my mother I was going to move out of state so I could take classes at an art college, she said, “That’s fine — just make sure you get a job before you leave.”
  14. The company’s management (which includes a board of directors and executives) announced plans for a new headquarters.
  15. I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who prefers to be called “Miss (last name).”
  16. If you catch me off guard, I might tell you to “Call me Rob.” But if you do this twice in one day, maybe we should talk about why that is.
  17. I’m sorry to tell you this, but your little brother was hit by a car today. (He’s going to be fine, but he’s in the hospital.)
  18. Mr. Smith was hired by the company last year and has already received four promotions. (I think it’s time for him to move up again.)
  19. You can’t believe everything you read on the internet — even if it comes from CNN or Fox News!
  20. She loved me, she said, but (I’m afraid) she didn’t love me enough to marry me.”
  21. The study found that most people like dogs more than cats (and vice versa).
  22. The study also found that most people like dogs more than cats (and vice versa).
  23. The study found that most people like dogs more than cats (notwithstanding the fact that they’re animals).
  24. The study found that most people like dogs more than cats (even though they’re animals).
  25. The study found that most people like dogs more than cats (but not as much as birds or fish).
  26. I went to the store and bought some groceries. (I’ve never been so happy to see bananas.)
  27. The trip wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. (It’s not easy being this tall.)
  28. The dog ran away from home, but we found him in the park. (That’s one loyal hound!)
  29. I don’t know what you’re talking about; everything is fine here! (I have no idea what you’re talking about.)
  30. My grandma gave me a new car for my birthday! It’s pink and has cup holders in the back seat! (I guess she knows me better than I thought.)
  31. The president is meeting with the secretary of state tomorrow morning (at 9 a.m.).
  32. My husband (who is a chef) made us dinner last night (and it was delicious).
  33. If you aren’t sure about something, just ask (you can always say no).
  34. The novel was written by Jack London, (who also wrote White Fang).
  35. The weather was hot (and so was the sun).
  36. He was really angry (and he wanted to punch someone).
  37. The company has hired a new CEO who will be paid (a million dollars per year).
  38. I am going to the store to buy (milk, eggs, and bread).
  39. “I went to bed early last night because I was tired, even though it was only nine o’clock.”
  40. (The president of the United States has the power to issue pardons on federal crimes.)
  41. We have a lot of work to do, and I don’t have time to waste. (I need you to get started on it now.)
  42. I don’t know what you think of me, but I’m not your enemy. (I’m only trying to help.)
  43. She said that she didn’t want to go out with him again because he was too controlling and manipulative. (She thought he might do something bad if she didn’t do what he wanted.)
  44. “The best way to get rid of a cold is to drink lots of water, eat well and get plenty of exercise.”
  45. “I’ve never been good at math so I always have trouble with fractions. However, my friend Charlene always helps me out when I’m confused about them.”
  46. “The statistics show that the most common cause of death among children is drowning in swimming pools.”
  47. “The conclusion I draw from this fact is that we need to be more careful when we allow our children to play in swimming pools.”
  48. “We need to be more careful when we allow our children to play in swimming pools.”
  49. “I had hoped to find the answer in the library, but it was closed.”
  50. “The only person who could help me was my roommate.”
  51. “We (me and my roommate) were out of eggs, so I decided to go grocery shopping.”
  52. You’ll confuse yourself and forget what you were talking about (which is probably why you’re using parentheses in the first place).
  53. 1. The man standing in front of me was the world’s best-known billionaire and his presence was electrifying. (The man standing in front of me)
  54. 2. I was nervous, but I tried to look calm; I didn’t want him to think I was too green for this job. (I was nervous)
  55. 3. He welcomed me to his office with a handshake and a smile. (He welcomed me)
  56. 4. In fact, he seemed delighted that I had shown up at all and told me so right away as soon as we sat down together face-to-face for our first meeting ever! (In fact)

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