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1. To indicate a sort of aside from the author to the reader – information that is not essential to the sentence but can aid understanding:

He hopes (as we all do) that the project will be successful.

They talked about power politics (Machtpolitik) 

Zimbabwe (formerly Rhodesia)


2.  The referees will not know the name(s) of the author(s).


TLS (Times Literary Supplement)

a discussion of animal hibernation (see p. 61)


3.  Brackets in a Dutch text can usually be replaced by ‘or’ and sometimes by ‘and’, depending on the context. In the event of serious doubt as to which to use, contact the UVC.

Last modified:15 September 2017 9.00 p.m.