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English Symbols Name List

Full stop mark in English

the symbol used in writing at the end of a sentence or at the end of the short form of a word.

Full stop

/ˌfʊl ˈstɒp/

UK
UK

/ˌfʊl ˈstɑːp/

US
US

He keeps missing the full stop-offs at the ends of his sentences.

comma

the symbol, used in writing to separate parts of a sentence showing a slight pause, or to separate the single things in a list

Comma

/ˈkɒm.ə/

UK
UK

/ˈkɑː.mə/

US
US

Put a comma after the clause.

apostrophe

An apostrophe is the mark ‘ when it is written to indicate that one or more letters have been left out of a word, as in ‘isn’t’ and ‘we’ll’. 

Apostrophe

/əˈpɒs.trə.fi/

UK
UK

/əˈpɑː.strə.fi/

US
US

“It’s” with an apostrophe means “it is” or “it has”.

bracket

either of two symbols put around a word, phrase, or sentence in a piece of writing to show that what is between them should be considered as separate from the main part.

Bracket

/ˈbræk.ɪt/

UK
UK

/ˈbræk.ɪt/

US
US

She’d put brackets around the clause.

colon in English

a mark (:) used in writing esp. to introduce a list of things or a sentence or phrase taken from somewhere else

Colon

/ˈkəʊ.lɒn/

UK
UK

/ˈkoʊ.lən/

US
US

We use colons to introduce lists: …

ellipsis in English

a mark (:) used in writing esp. to introduce a list of things or a sentence or phrase taken from somewhere else

Ellipsis

/iˈlɪp.sɪs/

UK
UK

/iˈlɪp.sɪs/

US
US

An example of ellipsis is “What percentage was left?” “20.” (= 20 percent)

exclamation mark in English

the symbol ! written immediately after an exclamation

Exclamation mark

 

/ek.skləˈmeɪ.ʃən ˌmɑːk/

UK
UK

/ek.skləˈmeɪ.ʃən ˌmɑːrk/

US
US

She uses a lot of exclamation marks in her emails.

hyphen in English

the symbol -, used to join two words together or to show that a word has been divided into two parts at the end of one line and the beginning of the next

Hyphen

 

/ˈhaɪ.fən/

UK
UK

/ˈhaɪ.fən/

US
US

There are hyphens in “well-to-do”.

parentheses

the symbols ( ) that are put around a word, phrase, or sentence in a piece of writing

Parentheses

/pəˈren.θə.siːz/

UK
UK

/pəˈren.θə.siːz/

US
US

The students’ first names are shown in parentheses, like this: Baker (Tina).

Question Mark

the symbol ? used in writing at the end of a phrase or sentence to show that it is a question

Question mark

/ˈkwes.tʃən ˌmɑːk/

UK
UK

/ˈkwes.tʃən ˌmɑːrk/

US
US

Where is the question mark on this keyboard?

quotation marks

the symbols “ ” or ‘ ’ that are put around a word or phrase to show that someone else has written or said it

Quotation marks

/kwəʊˈteɪ.ʃən ˌmɑːks/

UK
UK

/kwoʊˈteɪ.ʃən ˌmɑːrks/

US
US

I put the term in quotation marks because it rarely actually moves.

semicolon in English

A semicolon is the punctuation mark; which is used in writing to separate different parts of a sentence or list or to indicate a pause.

Semicolon

/ˌsem.iˈkəʊ.lɒn/

UK
UK

/ˈsem.iˌkoʊ.lən/

US
US

A semicolon here, a stronger verb there, and do you really need that dependent clause?

slash in English

the symbol / used in writing to separate letters, numbers, or words

Slash

/slæʃ/

UK
UK

/slæʃ/

US
US

You often write a slash between alternatives, for example, “and/or”.

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