( ) (brackets / parentheses)


1. Add more information about a subject
2. Add more information about a whole sentence

More information about a subject

In the middle of a sentence, brackets can be used to add more information about a particular subject.

Charlie Chaplin (1889-1977) was a famous comedian.

The house cost $7m (about 46m renminbi)

More information about a sentence

Brackets can also be used at the end of a sentence to add more information about the whole sentence.

The teacher told him to sit down and be quiet, which he did (he was used to this: the teacher told him every class).
His first girlfriend, Penny, wanted to marry him, and for a while he thought about it (although now he is glad that he didn’t).


Choose a part (or the whole sentence) and add more information using brackets:
1. The first car he ever owned was an old VW that he got from his uncle.
2. Although Anna didn’t like it, Philip agreed to meet his ex-wife one last time.
3. That morning the birds were singing loudly and the sun was up before 6am.
4. Tomorrow I shall go to visit my doctor, and then go play badminton in the park.