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Living in the Languedoc:    Languages:    French Symbols: Accents and Punctuation Marks

 

Symbol
French name
English Name
´
accent aigu
The acute accent can only be on an E. At the beginning of a word, it often indicates that an S used to follow that vowel, e.g., étudiant
`
accent grave The grave accent can be found on an A, E, or U. On the A and U, it usually serves to distinguish between homonyms; e.g., ou (or) v où (where)
^
accent circonflexe Circumflex. This can be on an A, E, I, O, or U. The circumflex usually indicates that an s used to follow that vowel, e.g., forêt. It also serves to distinguish between homonyms; e.g., du contraction of de + le) as against dû past participle of devoir)
¨
accent tréma Dieresis (like the German umlaut but with a different function) can be on an E, I, U. It is used when two vowels are next to each other and both must be pronounced, e.g., naïve, Saül
¸
The cédille The cedilla is found only on the letter C. It changes a hard C sound (like K) into a soft C sound (like S), e.g., garçon. The cedilla is placed in front of E or I, because C always sounds like an S in front of these vowels.
.
un point full stop, period,dot
,
une virgule comma
:
les deux points, un deux-points colon
;
un point-virgule semi colon
'
une apostrophe apostrophe
!
un point d'exclamation exclamation point
?
un point d'interrogation question mark
...
les points de suspension ellipsis
-
un trait d'union dash, hypen
un tiret m-dash
_
un underscore, un souligné underscore
°
un symbole du degré degree sign
«  »
guillemets (m) quotation marks, corresponding to inverted commas " "
(  )
parenthèses (f) parentheses
[  ]
crochets (droits) (m) (square) brackets
{  }
accolades (f) curly brackets, braces
<  >
crochets fléchés (m), crochets pointus (m) angle brackets
&
une esperluette, un et commercial, un et anglais ampersand
*
un astérisque asterisk
#
un dièse (Fr), un carré (Can) number sign
$
un signe du dollar, un dollar dollar sign
£
un symbole livre pound sign
%
un signe de pour-cent, un pour-cent percent sign
+
le signe plus plus sign
-
le signe moins minus sign
=
un signe égal equal sign
<
un signe inférieur less-than sign
>
un signe supérieur greater-than sign
|
une barre vertical, opérateur de transfert des données pipe
/
une barre oblique, trait oblique, un slash forward slash
\
une barre oblique inverse, un anti slash backslash
@
un aroba, un arobas, un a commercial at sign
www
www, trois w, or oui oui oui (teen talk) www 
 
http://www.xxx.com = h t t p deux-points barre oblique barre oblique trois w point xxx point com
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French Accents and Punctuation marks