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French Names For Punctuation Marks

French Names For Punctuation Marks

les signes de ponctuation

On this page you’ll find a complete list of French names for punctuation marks such as un point (period), une virgule (comma) and guillemets (quotation marks). This list should come in very handy if you’re taking a French class or discussing French writing.

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  • accent un accent
  • quotation mark guillemet
  • ampersand une esperluette
  • apostrophe une apostrophe
  • asterisk un astérisque
  • bullet point une puce
  • bracket un crochet
  • capital letter une lettre majuscule
  • colon deux points (m.p.)
  • comma une virgule
  • ellipsis trois petits points, points de suspension (m.p.)
  • exclamation point une point d’exclamation
  • hyphen, dash un tirer, un trait d’union
  • italics en italique
  • parenthesis une parenthèse
  • in parenthesis entre parenthèses
  • period un point
  • pound sign un dièse
  • question mark un point d’interrogation
  • semicolon un point virgule
  • slash, oblique un slash, une barre oblique
  • small letter une lettre minuscule
  • square bracket un crochet
  • underlining le soulignement

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