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Richard-Business Eng
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I have one name BUT this little guy " . " has 5 names
period (Am)/full stop (Br)
- the point or character (.) used to mark the end of a declarative sentence, indicate an abbreviation, etc.

.com pronounced as 'dot-com'
- part of the Internet address of many companies and organizations. It indicates that the site is commercial, as opposed to educational or governmental, e.g., italki.com = italki-dot-com

decimal point used to separate whole numbers and fractions. Pronounced as 'point' when spoken,
e.g. 8.33 is spoken as 'eight point three three' and 10.5 is spoken as 'ten point five'.


I hope everybody got the point*    J


* to get the point (idiom):  To understand; to interpret correctly.
Mar 3, 2018 5:07 PM
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( )=US: parentheses; UK: brackets; other choices include "round brackets," "first brackets," "soft brackets", and "parens"

[ ]=US: brackets; UK: square brackets, hard brackets, third brackets, crotchets

{ }=curly brackets, braces, Scottish brackets, second brackets

<>=angle brackets, pointy brackets, tuples, chevrons, guillemets; in computer programming, "<" is "bra" and ">" is "ket".


March 4, 2018

- = hyphen

– = en-dash

— = em-dash

March 4, 2018

Richard, in some European countries, people use comma(,) instead of point(.)to represent the decimal symbol. You might have come across here on italki some people using comma instead of point, it made me confused when I encountered this difference:)

https://www.reddit.com/r/answers/comments/1ggc2q/why_do_europeans_use_comma_instead_of_decimal_eg/

March 3, 2018
Your point about 8.33 being pronounced as 'eight point three three' is an important one. I've heard a lot of non-native speakers read such a number as 'eight point thirty-three.' It sounds pretty odd to a native speaker to say it like that.
March 3, 2018

I only count four names, Richard: "period," "full stop," "dot," and "point." What is the fifth name?

# is called "pound sign," "number sign," "hashtag," and "octothorp."

/ is called "slash," "solidus," "virgule," "front slash" (to distinguish it from "back slash"), and often, when used to indicate a fraction, read aloud as "over." 

March 4, 2018
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