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MHS Library | German punctuation

Punctuation marks - English v German

German term English term Punctuation mark
die Anführungszeichen quotation marks " "  or  « »
die Auslassungspunkte ellipsis dots ...
das Ausrufezeichen exclamation mark !
der Apostroph apostrophe '
der Bindestrich hyphen -
der Doppelpunkt/das Kolon colon :
der Ergänzungsstrich dash
das Fragezeichen question mark ?
der Gedankenstrich long dash
runde Klammern parentheses ( )
eckige Klammern brackets [ ]
das Komma comma ,
der Punkt period .
das Semikolon semicolon ;

However, four of these German punctuation marks - quotation marks, the apostrophe, the comma and the dash - differ from their English counterparts in terms of how they are used.

Source: Grimm's Grammar