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Important notice

Good news! We have updated our writing tools. Writing Tips and The Canadian Style have been combined to create a new tool called Writing Tips Plus.

Don’t forget to update your bookmarks. Within a few weeks, Writing Tips will no longer be available.

To begin your search, go to the alphabetical index below and click on the first letter of the word you are searching for.


Braces are used to link two or more lines of writing:

This image illustrates the use of braces to show the divisions and subdivisions within the Celtic family of languages.

They are also used to group items in formulas and equations. In mathematical usage, the preferred order for multiple brackets is as follows:

  • {[( {[( )]} )]}

Note that square brackets enclose round brackets, in contrast to the practice in non-mathematical usage.