Online College Courses for Credit

A bunch of punctuation marks:  Using Parentheses vs. Dashes

A bunch of punctuation marks: Using Parentheses vs. Dashes

Author: Janice Davis

By the end of this lesson, students will be able to  identify the difference between the use of parentheses vs. dashes.

Parentheses are a way to show your reader that what's inside them isn't that terribly important to the story.  They also have so many other uses such as:  around numbers in a listing, in math equations, around a date, around a page number, around a list of examples, etc.  Watch this video carefully to see the many ways to use parentheses.  Then, use your homework page and rules to determine the differences between parentheses and dashes.

See More
Fast, Free College Credit

Developing Effective Teams

Let's Ride
*No strings attached. This college course is 100% free and is worth 1 semester credit.

29 Sophia partners guarantee credit transfer.

311 Institutions have accepted or given pre-approval for credit transfer.

* The American Council on Education's College Credit Recommendation Service (ACE Credit®) has evaluated and recommended college credit for 27 of Sophia’s online courses. Many different colleges and universities consider ACE CREDIT recommendations in determining the applicability to their course and degree programs.


Parenthses vs. Dashes

First, watch this awesome tutorial.  It will help you learn all you need to know about using parentheses:  Parentheses.


Then, complete your homework page.  Make sure you use the rules and examples on the homework page to help you continue learning the differences between these two pieces of punctuation.


Click here to download and print today's homework:  Parentheses vs. Dashes.