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punctuation

noun [U]  /ˌpʌŋk·tʃuˈeɪ·ʃən/ us  
special marks that are placed in a text to show the divisions between phrases and sentences, or the use of these marks: Check your spelling and punctuation.
Translations of “punctuation”
in Korean 구두점, 구두법…
in Arabic عَلامات التَّرْقيم…
in Portuguese pontuação…
in Catalan puntuació…
in Japanese 句読法…
in Italian punteggiatura…
in Chinese (Traditional) 標點符號, 標點符號用法…
in Russian пунктуация…
in Turkish noktalama, noktalama işaretleri…
in Chinese (Simplified) 标点符号, 标点符号用法…
in Polish interpunkcja…
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