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


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, trois w, or oui oui oui (teen talk) www = 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