Hi all. I have started going through the **I’m Overwhelmed study plan** and in Part 1 under QUANT he suggested at the end of his **Operations with negatives** video that any negative number with any number exponent (even or odd) is always negative unless the negative number is inside a parenthesis and the exponent is outside the parenthesis.

My query here is why does the question automatically assume that ‘*negative number with an even/odd exponent*’ means that the negative number is surrounded by parenthesis? Shouldn’t the question be more explicit?