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Chinese ellipsis marks

Six dots. It is called 刪節號 in Taiwan, and 省略号 in China. Both use 6 dots.
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What's the difference between ,and 、

Q: The difference between ,and 、 ,(逗号, Dou4 Hao4) is similar to what it is for in English. 、(顿号,Dun4 Hao4) is to give a list of same type of things. For example: 我喜欢吃苹果、香蕉、橘子、等等。 If in English, ...
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Quotation Marks ("") and Angle Quotation Marks (《》)

In mainland: Both are correct. They are just two styles: ‘’ “” ,「」『』. The former are borrowed from western countries, the usages in Chinese are identical with English. The latter,「」 and 『』 are ...
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Punctuation - Omiting part of a quote

"在波兰,我们充分了解这样的一体化过程所带来的益处。……因此,我们欢迎中国为加强东亚与欧洲之间的经济纽带,并为了沿一带一路的国家创造新的发展机遇所提出的倡议。" It is called 刪節號 in Taiwan, and 省略号 in China. Both use 6 dots. In Chinese, the ellipsis is six dots (in two groups of ...
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What are the characters for punctuation in older literature?

there're no punctuations in classical chinese. one must learn to chop the verse since childhood, before about 1911. such ability is called 句讀 http://dict.revised.moe.edu.tw/cgi-bin/cbdic/gsweb.cgi?o=...
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What did the original Tao Te Ching use for punctuation?

So far, the earliest version of Tao Te Ching found is on the Guodian Chu Bamboo Slips, written in the Warring States era State of Chu. From 楚簡書法网 (http://www.cjsfw.net/Html/?287.html, http://www....
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Why is Western punctuation used in Chinese writing?

I have found answers in Chinese Wikipedia: Classical Chinese has a punctuation system of its own. However, this system is rarely used. The method to read Classical Chinese without punctuation was ...
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Commas, which one is proper?

In proper use of the Chinese language, you're talking about the difference between the true comma 逗號 「,」 and the enumeration comma 頓號 「、」. The difference between the two can be illustrated in a ...
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What are the rules for using commas and periods in Chinese?

Your question is a bit broad. If you want to know the exact rules of when to put 句号 or 逗号, then you better go study some grammar. I try to explain in an understandable way the fist rule of how I ...
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What are the characters for punctuation in older literature?

You are right. This version isn't accurate. It doesn't make much sense somewhere. For example 則大台內外 固有不論不諉者矣, I did simple search to find it should be 則六合內外固有不論不議者矣. I was just curious about why you ...
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How does Classical Chinese deal with vertical numbered lists and punctuation marks?

There were usually no punctuation marks in ancient China. Modern punctuation marks were introduced into Chinese in the 20th century. See Wikipedia for a more detailed history and the usages of each ...
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When are semi-colons used in Chinese?

It is less common, but you will find semicolons used every once in while in Chinese text. The way of using it in Chinese is similar to English, where a comma is not enough but a period is too divisive....
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Quotation Marks ("") and Angle Quotation Marks (《》)

I don't know the Traditional, but in Simplified , “” and 《》 is the formal way.
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How to type the Chinese ellipsis ⋯⋯ using Google Pinyin IME?

I don't use Google pinyin on Linux, but a lot of (simplified) Chinese IME use Shift + 6 to produce ellipsis. I assume the Google pinyin might follow the trend. And by the way, you can try all the ...
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Why don't people use 專名號 to avoid ambiguity?

Proper name marks have largely fallen into disuse. That is because typesetting is difficult (as evidenced by your question) and that the text marked is usually understood by context. 我們有時看見一些書籍、文章中,...
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Quotation Marks ("") and Angle Quotation Marks (《》)

“” and 「」 These two marks are used for quoting. Under normal circumstances, “” is used in modern Chinese (Mandarin/Putonghua/simplified Chinese), mostly used in written language in mainland China. ...
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Punctuation and Footnotes in Mandarin Chinese

Use numbers in square brackets, before punctuation, separated by "、" 什么什么[1]、[2]。 For more detail, search baidu for 脚注格式.
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Is the halfwidth ideographic comma (、) (U+FF64) ever used in Chinese punctuation?

I’d say no. All regular Chinese punctuation marks are full-width. There shouldn't be any spaces before or after punctuation marks when you are typesetting Chinese. When people input Chinese, all ...
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Is the halfwidth ideographic comma (、) (U+FF64) ever used in Chinese punctuation?

Mainstream pinyin input methods mainly use full-width '、' character. And under most formal situations, full-width '、' is required to keep consistency with other full-width punctuation markers (for ...
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In my bullet list, is ...是个... [something]的 problematic, and do I need an "and"?

I have read the comments and reply, then I would like to give a demo in my way. We can discuss it. 首先给出结论 (This indicate that we will prove it in later slides...) 对于给定的m(即为确定的元素数量),多项式m! #PLR(...
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Is it not correct to use 逗号 (punctuation) in a place where 顿号 should be used?

Technically, 顿号 should be used to punctuate for words enumerating. As we all text on computers today, it's more convenient to just type a comma, instead of 顿号. Most of time, it's acceptable nowadays ...
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How to properly space Chinese with English and numbers in between?

It may be a matter of style, but I have found that having no spaces between the number or English word can make the sentence look crammed. 输入至少12个字符以完成搜索。 此平台不支持Apple打印机。 versus 输入至少 12 个字符以完成搜索。 ...
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How to properly space Chinese with English and numbers in between?

There are no hard rules imposed by the government or any authoritative bodies. Some people don't care. People who do care tend to be on the "include spaces" side. (The other answers are good ...
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What usage do left tortoise shell brackets (〔) play in plays?

What you are reading is a play script. It is one of the common ways to mark non-dialogue lines in the script with "〔" or "[" ahead of the line. So in this case it's not actually functioning as half ...
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When should we use proper name mark and how to type it?

First of all, proper name marks is a part of archaic Chinese. It's no longer used in modern Chinese. In modern Chinese, only book name, music name, movie names, and etc. will be marked with special ...
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In my bullet list, is ...是个... [something]的 problematic, and do I need an "and"?

I ve made great adjustments 先给结论: 对于元素数量m给定的情况,m!#PLR(r,s,n;m)具有如下性质: 为r,s,n三元多项式, 为关于r,s,n的对称多项式(即给r,s,n的任意排列依次替换原变量,多项式不变), 为整系数多项式, 为3m次多项式。 These changes are made according to my received ...
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In my bullet list, is ...是个... [something]的 problematic, and do I need an "and"?

"先结论" is too much colloquial.And even in a colloquial situation,this expression is kind of confusing and impolite from my perspective though we will use it sometimes. “是整系数多项式” or “是个整系数的多项式” 。 There ...
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Usage of "│" (vertical bar) in Chinese?

There is no standard usage for vertical bar │ in mandarins. So, its usage is defined by the author of the text. You can usually find the usage key from the footnote written in the early pages of a ...
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