Any language expression consists of operands (variables, constants, etc.) connected with each other by operators. Operations are executed in a strict order. The value that determines a privilege to execute a certain operation is called a priority. The operation execution order can be regulated through parentheses.
Table 1. Operation priorities in C/C++.
You may often see errors in programs which are caused by the fact that it is easy for programmers to forget the exact priorities of operations (article on the topic). That's why professional developers do not feel embarrassed to use additional parentheses: this method secures them from accidental mistakes and makes expressions more readable.
- Wikipedia. Operators in C and C++. http://www.viva64.com/go.php?url=734