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Is the usage of European punctuation acceptable in Chinese writing?

Chinese punctuation is a little bit different from European punctuation, for example: The full stop (period) is "。" instead of "." The ellipsis are six vertically centered dots (… …) instead of just ...
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When are “《” and “ 》” and other brackets used?

In some texts, I have seen the following brackets: Caret brackets: 《, 》, 〈, and 〉. Square brackets: 【, 】, 〖, and 〗. C-brackets: 〔 and 〕. L-brackets: 「, 」, 『, and 』. Some questions: What are the ...
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What's the difference between ,and 、

What's the difference between ,and 、 as they appear in some texts, like in this passage of the Zhuang Zi (end of the second part): 是萬物之化也,禹、舜之所紐也,伏戲、几蘧之所行終,而況散焉者乎! Is it like comma and semicolon? Or ...
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When was punctuation introduced into Chinese?

I have seen some old Chinese books. The words flowed from top to bottom on the page and there was no punctuation. How did readers know when the sentences began and ended? Were any older forms of ...
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When writing pin yin, should you use a question mark in sentences using “ma”?

Ni xiang chi fan ma ? Is it redundant to use ma and a question mark? Doesn't ma make it a question in of itself? I am unclear on the correct approach here.
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Chinese ellipsis marks

How is an ellipsis 省略号 written in Chinese? 。。。 ... or ...... The only reference I can find on this is this word reference forum which states ....... This also says 6 dots. E.g., 在這裡輸入您的訊息.........
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Punctuation - Omiting part of a quote

In my native language we use '(...)' to indicate that part of the quote was omitted. For example, in the paragraph below I would like to omit the bolded part, how should I write it? "在波兰,...
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Is it not correct to use 逗号 (punctuation) in a place where 顿号 should be used?

In so many cases I have used 逗号(,) to enumerate a list, which 顿号(、) should be used instead. For example: 我要去食品杂货店买苹果,香蕉,和西瓜。 However, the correct punctuation should be 顿号: 我要去食品杂货店买苹果、香蕉、和西瓜。 ...