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Hi, my dear teachers, 

Today, I read on English Club about brackets: 

https://www.englishclub.com/grammar/sentence/parenthetical-expressi...  

It looks like "brackets" and "parentheses" are the same. I looked at Cambridge Dictionary about "bracket" and I saw it refers to parentheses too.   

Are they the same?

If not, what is the difference between them? 

Best wishes,

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Hi, dear Rose, 

I am very happy to see your nice explanation here. It is very kind of you. 

Be sure. All of answers to this discussion helped me very much. Dear ELF-Noor, dear NotAclue also helped me very much.  

Thanks to all of you.

I only have one question: 

What does "pointy brackets" mean? 

Thank you and best wishes,

Rose said:

I think you can use parentheses (  )  as additions, as besides-explanations.

For example: He had entered ( accompanied by a beautiful woman) the library.

You also could write: He had entered the library, accompanied by a beautiful woman.

The usage of parentheses to write the information that he was in accompny by a beautiful woman, is a less important information than to write it as a subsidiary sentence.

I understand informations inside of parentheses as additions.


Brackets [also called square brackets] are used in my understanding like deviations or unterruptions in sentences, to explain something or to use quotations within your sentences.

For example:             He was working with Meryl Streep [American actress].

another example       “Words are a pretext. It is the inner bond that draws one person
                              to another, not words.” [Jalaluddin Rumi]
                        

You can use brackets also to put on foreign languages a note how you pronounce it.

For example:  wednesday [wensday]       

Parentheses and brackets are used also in Mathematics. ( just for example )
for example:     (12 x 4) x (3+2)] + [(120-50) + (20 x 20)] = ?
                      [ (48)     x  (5)   ] + [(70)        + (400)]     = ?       
                      [ 240 ]                + [ 470 ]                      = 710     

I know, my explanations are not complete but maybe it helps you a little to understand the difference.

Dear Bijan,

Pointy Brackets is an archetypal pair of characters and are used in the world of computing.

it's this one:   < >   .... it's used as computer icon and it's used like a "frame"

.... example: <hr class="subtitle"> .....

Normally is < the mathematical sign for "less than" : for example: 2 < 3 ....

and  > is the mark mathematical sign for "greaeter than" : for example: 5 > 3 ....

      

I hope I did help a little.



Bijan said:


Hi, dear Rose, 

I am very happy to see your nice explanation here. It is very kind of you. 

Be sure. All of answers to this discussion helped me very much. Dear ELF-Noor, dear NotAclue also helped me very much.  

Thanks to all of you.

I only have one question: 

What does "pointy brackets" mean? 

Thank you and best wishes,

Rose said:

I think you can use parentheses (  )  as additions, as besides-explanations.

For example: He had entered ( accompanied by a beautiful woman) the library.

You also could write: He had entered the library, accompanied by a beautiful woman.

The usage of parentheses to write the information that he was in accompny by a beautiful woman, is a less important information than to write it as a subsidiary sentence.

I understand informations inside of parentheses as additions.


Brackets [also called square brackets] are used in my understanding like deviations or unterruptions in sentences, to explain something or to use quotations within your sentences.

For example:             He was working with Meryl Streep [American actress].

another example       “Words are a pretext. It is the inner bond that draws one person
                              to another, not words.” [Jalaluddin Rumi]
                        

You can use brackets also to put on foreign languages a note how you pronounce it.

For example:  wednesday [wensday]       

Parentheses and brackets are used also in Mathematics. ( just for example )
for example:     (12 x 4) x (3+2)] + [(120-50) + (20 x 20)] = ?
                      [ (48)     x  (5)   ] + [(70)        + (400)]     = ?       
                      [ 240 ]                + [ 470 ]                      = 710     

I know, my explanations are not complete but maybe it helps you a little to understand the difference.

Dear Rose, 

Firstly, your explanation is beautiful like your name (Rose). 

Secondly, your name (Rose) means "Goal" in Farsi language that is like flower in English. 

Thirdly, you proved that your heart is also beautiful like your name because you answered me kindly. 

Finally, I got all of my questions very well.

I hope to see you in my country one day and take you to historical places of Iran like Persepolis.  

Thanks a lot and best wishes,

Rose said:

Dear Bijan,

Pointy Brackets is an archetypal pair of characters and are used in the world of computing.

it's this one:   < >   .... it's used as computer icon and it's used like a "frame"

.... example: <hr class="subtitle"> .....

Normally is < the mathematical sign for "less than" : for example: 2 < 3 ....

and  > is the mark mathematical sign for "greaeter than" : for example: 5 > 3 ....

      

I hope I did help a little.



Bijan said:


Hi, dear Rose, 

I am very happy to see your nice explanation here. It is very kind of you. 

Be sure. All of answers to this discussion helped me very much. Dear ELF-Noor, dear NotAclue also helped me very much.  

Thanks to all of you.

I only have one question: 

What does "pointy brackets" mean? 

Thank you and best wishes,

Rose said:

I think you can use parentheses (  )  as additions, as besides-explanations.

For example: He had entered ( accompanied by a beautiful woman) the library.

You also could write: He had entered the library, accompanied by a beautiful woman.

The usage of parentheses to write the information that he was in accompny by a beautiful woman, is a less important information than to write it as a subsidiary sentence.

I understand informations inside of parentheses as additions.


Brackets [also called square brackets] are used in my understanding like deviations or unterruptions in sentences, to explain something or to use quotations within your sentences.

For example:             He was working with Meryl Streep [American actress].

another example       “Words are a pretext. It is the inner bond that draws one person
                              to another, not words.” [Jalaluddin Rumi]
                        

You can use brackets also to put on foreign languages a note how you pronounce it.

For example:  wednesday [wensday]       

Parentheses and brackets are used also in Mathematics. ( just for example )
for example:     (12 x 4) x (3+2)] + [(120-50) + (20 x 20)] = ?
                      [ (48)     x  (5)   ] + [(70)        + (400)]     = ?       
                      [ 240 ]                + [ 470 ]                      = 710     

I know, my explanations are not complete but maybe it helps you a little to understand the difference.

Dear Bijan,

thanks for your kind words.

Bijan said:

Dear Rose, 

Firstly, your explanation is beautiful like your name (Rose). 

Secondly, your name (Rose) means "Goal" in Farsi language that is like flower in English. 

Thirdly, you proved that your heart is also beautiful like your name because you answered me kindly. 

Finally, I got all of my questions very well.

I hope to see you in my country one day and take you to historical places of Iran like Persepolis.  

Thanks a lot and best wishes,

Rose said:

Dear Bijan,

Pointy Brackets is an archetypal pair of characters and are used in the world of computing.

it's this one:   < >   .... it's used as computer icon and it's used like a "frame"

.... example: <hr class="subtitle"> .....

Normally is < the mathematical sign for "less than" : for example: 2 < 3 ....

and  > is the mark mathematical sign for "greaeter than" : for example: 5 > 3 ....

      

I hope I did help a little.



Bijan said:


Hi, dear Rose, 

I am very happy to see your nice explanation here. It is very kind of you. 

Be sure. All of answers to this discussion helped me very much. Dear ELF-Noor, dear NotAclue also helped me very much.  

Thanks to all of you.

I only have one question: 

What does "pointy brackets" mean? 

Thank you and best wishes,

Rose said:

I think you can use parentheses (  )  as additions, as besides-explanations.

For example: He had entered ( accompanied by a beautiful woman) the library.

You also could write: He had entered the library, accompanied by a beautiful woman.

The usage of parentheses to write the information that he was in accompny by a beautiful woman, is a less important information than to write it as a subsidiary sentence.

I understand informations inside of parentheses as additions.


Brackets [also called square brackets] are used in my understanding like deviations or unterruptions in sentences, to explain something or to use quotations within your sentences.

For example:             He was working with Meryl Streep [American actress].

another example       “Words are a pretext. It is the inner bond that draws one person
                              to another, not words.” [Jalaluddin Rumi]
                        

You can use brackets also to put on foreign languages a note how you pronounce it.

For example:  wednesday [wensday]       

Parentheses and brackets are used also in Mathematics. ( just for example )
for example:     (12 x 4) x (3+2)] + [(120-50) + (20 x 20)] = ?
                      [ (48)     x  (5)   ] + [(70)        + (400)]     = ?       
                      [ 240 ]                + [ 470 ]                      = 710     

I know, my explanations are not complete but maybe it helps you a little to understand the difference.

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