Punctuation in Modern Greek
The most common punctuation marks in Greek are
- Period (.)
- is placed at the end of a complete sentence; the first letter of the word that comes after the period is capitalized, just like in most European languages.
- Comma (,)
- is the most frequently used punctuation mark and is used to denote a very short pause in speech; most of the times it is used in the same way as in English.
- Semicolon ()
- is used to denote a pause shorter than the one denoted by the period but longer than by the comma, pretty much as one does in English; note that the semicolon in Greek does not look like the semicolon in English!
- Question mark (;)
- same usage as in English, but note that it looks like the English semicolon!
- Exclamation mark (!)
- no differrent than its English counterpart.
- Colon (:)
- is used when we quote someone or when we enumerate, explain or state a result.
- Quotes (<< >>)
- are used in the place of the English quotes (" ").
The following marks are also used in some special cases.
- Apostrophe (')
- replaces the first or last vowel of a word when this vowel is ommitted due to one of the "vowel alterations".
- Decimal point (,)
- is used only for the relative pronoun , (=whatever) to distinguish it from the conjunction (=that); it is also used as the decimal point in writing non-integers, instead of the Western-European period (.), e.g. 1,2 = one point two.
- Diaeresis ()
- are placed on top of or to denote that this or must be pronounced
seperately, when the previous letter is one of the vowels , or . Many thanks to Bruce P. Burrell
(firstname.lastname@example.org) for the English term.
Last modified: Tue Mar 26 13:31:53 1996