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Punctuation

ampersand

noun

the symbol &, used in writing instead of the word ‘and’

apostrophe

noun

the symbol ’ used in writing. In English, it marks the possessive form of a noun, for example ‘Bob’s car’, or a place where one or more letters have been removed from a word or phrase, for example ‘isn’t’.

bad break

noun

a hyphen in the wrong place in a word, sometimes caused by software that puts hyphens in words automatically

brace

noun

a curly bracket

bracket

noun

one of a pair of symbols ( ), used in writing or mathematics for showing that the piece of information or set of numbers between them can be considered separately. The American word is parenthesis

bracket

noun

a square bracket

bracket

verb

to put brackets around something that is written to show that it is separate information

bracket

verb

to join lines of writing with a bracket to show that they belong together or should be considered together

bullet

noun

a bullet point

bullet point

noun

a printed circle, square etc before each thing on a list in order to emphasize it

colon

noun

the symbol : used in writing, for example before an explanation or list. A colon is a punctuation mark.

comma

noun

the symbol , used in writing and printing between parts of a sentence or between things in a list. A comma is a punctuation mark.

curly brackets

noun

the symbols { }, used especially in mathematics and computer programs for showing that things written between them should be considered together

dash

noun

the symbol –, used in writing to separate different parts of a sentence

decimal point

noun

the symbol ‘.’ in a decimal

ditto

noun

the symbol " written under a word in a list to show that you want to repeat that word

dot

verb

to put a dot over a letter of the alphabet

exclamation mark

noun

the mark ! used in writing to show that someone says something suddenly and loudly because they are surprised, impressed, angry etc

full stop

noun

the mark . used in writing at the end of sentences and abbreviations. The American word is period.

hyphen

noun

the short line -, used for joining two written words or parts of words, or for dividing a word at the end of a line of writing

hyphenate

verb

to join words or parts of a word using a hyphen

inverted comma

noun

one of a pair of marks “ ” or ‘ ’, used in written English for showing the words that someone spoke, or sometimes for showing the title of a book, film etc

parenthesis

noun

one of the two symbols ( and ), used in writing for separating a word, phrase, or number from the rest of a sentence

period

noun

a full stop1

point

noun

the word for a decimal point, used when saying a number, for example 6.3 is said as ‘six point three’

punctuate

verb

to use full stops, commas, and other punctuation marks in order to write in a clear style

punctuation

noun

the use of marks such as full stops or commas in order to write in a clear style

punctuation

noun

punctuation marks

punctuation mark

noun

a mark such as a full stop, comma, or question mark that you use in order to write in a clear style

question mark

noun

the symbol ‘?’ that is used at the end of a sentence to show that it represents a question. It is a type of punctuation mark.

quotation marks

noun

the symbols ‘ and ’ used in writing before and after a quotation or the words that someone speaks. Quotation marks are a type of punctuation mark.

quotes

noun

quotation marks

scare quotes

noun

quotation marks (=the symbols ’ and ’) used before and after a word or phrase to show that the word or phrase is unusual or perhaps not accurate

semicolon

noun

a punctuation mark (;) that is used to separate words in a list, or two parts of a sentence that can be understood separately

slash

noun

a line (/) that separates numbers, letters, or words in writing

space

noun

an empty area that you leave between words, lines, or paragraphs

speech marks

noun

quotation marks

square bracket

noun

either of the symbols [ or ] that are often used in mathematics and scientific writing

hyphenated

adjective

hyphenation

noun

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