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punctuation

noun [U] uk   us   /ˌpʌŋk.tjuˈeɪ.ʃən/
B1 (the use of) special symbols that you add to writing to separate phrases and sentences, to show that something is a question, etc.: His letter was completely without punctuation.
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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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