Rules and Examples
asterisk is a punctuation
that looks like a little star ( * ).
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The asterisk is made on your keyboard by holding the SHIFT
pressing the 8
on the top number line.
We use the asterisk in English writing to show that a footnote,
reference or comment has been added to the original text.
Many people incorrectly pronounce (say) the word "asterisk."
The word "asterisk" is pronounced "aste-risk."
The word "asterisk" comes from the Latin word "asteriscus" and the
Greek word "asterikos" meaning "little star
The asterisk was first used in printing and writing in the early
Uses of the asterisk
1. Use an asterisk or asterisks to indicate a footnote at the bottom of
- A footnote
is an explanation or a comment at the bottom of a page that
refers back to a specific part of the text.
- If there are multiple footnotes (more than one), use one
the first footnote, two asterisks for the second and so on.
- Be sure that footnotes at the bottom of the page match the
the original text.
are many forms of punctuation in the English language. Three
common forms of end punctuation are the period, question mark and
is used as the end of a sentence that is a
command or a statement.* The period tells the reader that the sentence
mark ends sentences that are written as
questions. These sentences may begin with words such as why, how, when,
where or what.
mark is used at the end of sentences to give emphasis
or show excitement.**
are two footnotes, or comments, added to this text. The two footnotes
are then explained at the bottom of the page.)
*The period is also
called "full stop" because it tells the reader that
the sentence has ended.
exclamation mark is also called an exclamation point.
2. Use an asterisk in advertisements to indicate there is extra
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These were the uses of the asterisk. Now that you know them, it is
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