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    The use of brackets and commas

    Right now, I'm deciding if I should join Jack(who's also a fellow I met on lonelyplanet)in Thailand and Malaysia sometime in early May.

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    Right now, I'm deciding if I should join Jack, who's also a fellow I met on lonelyplanet, in Thailand and Malaysia sometime in early May.

    I want to use the commas, but it would make it sound like I met him on a lonelyplanet in Thailand, when lonelyplanet is a website for travelers. That's why I changed the commas into brackets.

    Are both sentences okay?

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    Re: The use of brackets and commas

    "Right now, I'm deciding if I should join Jack, who's also a fellow I met on lonelyplanet, in Thailand and Malaysia sometime in early May."

    Perfect standard punctuation. I doubt that there is a style manual in the world that would disagree. Why mess with that?

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    Re: The use of brackets and commas

    Wow, thank you so much Probus. I just want to say that although I've only been on this forum for a week, my English has already improved leaps and bounds, and it's because of moderators like you who have helped me achieved this. Thanks again!
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 05-Apr-2014 at 08:21. Reason: Unnecessary quote deleted.

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    Re: The use of brackets and commas

    Why the use of "also"? Have you recently been talking about another guy you met there?

    Should "lonelyplanet" be capitalized?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: The use of brackets and commas

    Quote Originally Posted by Batman45 View Post
    Right now, I'm deciding if I should join Jack(who's also a fellow I met on lonelyplanet)in Thailand and Malaysia sometime in early May.
    If you decide to use brackets, you need a space before and after them - "... Jack (who's also a fellow I met on lonelyplanet) in Thailand ..."

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    Re: The use of brackets and commas

    I am not a teacher.

    I think there is less room for error by using brackets.

    A misplaced comma changes the meaning; brackets are harder to misplace.

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    Re: The use of brackets and commas

    Instead of who's also a fellow,you could use another fellow. By the way, fellow in this sense is a bit old-fashioned in British English.

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    Re: The use of brackets and commas

    In AmE we prefer guy to fellow. Has this usage taken hold in BrE? Or what would you say instead of fellow?

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    Re: The use of brackets and commas

    Guy is common in BrE too.

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