alixtii: Avril Lavigne, wearing glasses, from the liner notes of "Let Go." Text: "Geek." (geek)
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It's a common mistake that I'm sure I've made myself, but dangling parenthetheticals (or improperly nested parentheticals) really disrupt my reading process. I keep on waiting for the close parenthesis, and it never comes, and it's usually only a couple sentences further through the passage that I realize that the writer thinks they are writing non-parenthetically.

Now I'm off to finally see Superman Returns.

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Date: 2006-07-22 10:26 pm (UTC)
wisdomeagle: Original Cindy and Max from Dark Angel getting in each other's personal space (Default)
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*guilts*

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Date: 2006-07-22 11:47 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alixtii.livejournal.com
Oh, I make the mistake too. I remember either you or Elizabeth pointing out to me that I was missing a close parenthesis, and my retort that the entire post was parenthetical and the subsequent parentheses were nested within.

It's just that I read words within parentheses in a different tone or something, not really taking a mental breath, and when that goes on for several sentences I get all disoriented.

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Date: 2006-07-23 10:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] alixtii.livejournal.com
And just to make it clear this certainly wasn't in response to anything you've done lately, although I do vaguely remember you making the mistake before.

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