Punctuation within a sentence


Is the punctuation within this sentence correct? Do you have suggestions on how to improve this statement?

See example:

The task force also examined the accreditation standards, in addition to the COA and AACN ), of all the applicable accrediting bodies necessary for this transition to a doctorate.
asked Nov 24 '12 at 13:23 Jennifer Schwarz New member

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I have two comments:


(1) You have used a parenthetical phrase -- "in addition to the COA and AACN." This sort of phrase is either set off with commas (as you have) or with parentheses marks (as you added after AACN) -- but not both. Delete the ")" after AACN and your sentence will be correctly punctuated.


(2) The word "doctorate" alone does not jibe with the context of the overall sentence. I suspect you mean "doctoral program." 


I hope this helps.

link comment answered Nov 24 '12 at 15:11 Jeff Pribyl Grammarly Fellow

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