Punctuation (Pontuação)
 
 
Generally, the usage of the punctuation marks in Portuguese follows the pattern of the other modern European languages.
 
Sign
Usage
Full Stop (Ponto)
(.)
Marks the end (as of a declarative sentence or an abbreviation).
Comma (Vírgula)
(,)
Indicates a pause.
Semicolon (Ponto e vírgula)
(;)
Indicates the phrase is not completely ended.
Colon (Dois pontos)
(:)
Indicates a pause and introduces a quotation, enumeration etc.
Question mark 
(Ponto de interrogação) (?)
Used at the end of interrogative sentences to indicate a question.
Exclamation mark
(Ponto de exclamação) (!)
Used at the end of interrogative sentences to indicate enhanced emotions.
Suspension Points 
(Reticências) (...)
Indicates the omission of a word or word group from a written context.
Inverted commas (Aspas)
("...")
Used to delimit quotations, to refer to book titles, to stress a word or expression.
Brackets (Parênteses) 
(...)
Used to delimit additional information inserted into the text.
Dash (Travessão)
(-)
Used in the dialogues.
 

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