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Hi!

I realized that I needed some help with some regular signs. I use them all the time, but i need to know what their names are in english, can someone please help me?

These are the signs:

* What is it called in general, and what it is called when used in math, to multiply numbers?



; What is it called in English?

( and ) ?

[ and ] ?



> and < in mathematical terms?



Under_the_line, how do you say _ ?



! ?

“ two dots over the word, and what it is called when a word is “within” ?

% ?

: ?

‘ what it that dot called?







I also have some questions about different signs in programming terms and mathematical terms:



!= how do you say that in programming terms?

>= how do you say that in programming terms?

/* when words are */ within “invisible”-signs in programmingcode, how do one say it?

With kind regards
Veronika D.
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Welcome to Englishforums veronikad!

Those keyboard symbols which show feelings are called emoticons or smiley. :-D 

In maths, ' * ' this is called the times sign. 

;     -     semicolon

( )   -     brackets, round brackets, parentheses 

People tend to use brackets are round brackets in Australia. In North America, parentheses is the more common term I think.

> and <

x > 3  - x is greater than 3

x < 3  - x is less than 3

tom_school@***.com -       "_" is called underscore

!   - exclamation mark
“ two dots over the word, and what it is called when a word is “within” ?  -  I don't really know what people call this. 
%    percentage
:     colon
‘      apostrophe

!= how do you say that in programming terms?     - I don't know
>= how do you say that in programming terms?    - greater than or equal to
I don't know much about programming unfortunately. Sorry but I can't help you with the other terms. I was never good at programming when I took up computer last year.

Hope it helps. 

PBF

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Anonymous:
Hello!

Thank you so much for your answer, and such a quick one to.

Im really greatfull, you light up my day!

Regards

Veronika
veronikad!= how do you say that in programming terms?

Hi veronikad,
!= means in programming "not equal to". It's a synonym to <>.
veronikad/* when words are */ within “invisible”-signs in programmingcode, how do one say it?
I'm not sure, if I understood you correctly, are you asking about the term name for informations embded inside of the source code of computer program? They're being called just comments and compiler ignores them when the program is being compiled. There are a lot of notations how you can put comments inside of your code, like...
a) /**
*/
b) /* */
c) //
....Emotion: smile

Best Regards
JCD
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Anonymous:
Hello JCD !
Thank you som much for your answers, this is really helpfull for me.

You seems to know a bit about programming so here are some last questions:

Now I get down to the more tricky questions:

How does one say [ and ] , what are these square brackets called?

Does a value within [ 10] has any particular title?



Look at this line below:

typedef int* PINT

What is it called when * is a pointer and not just a mathematical sign?

How do one say: char *argv[ ] ;

in english?





How do one say: { and } in english?

Best regards
Veronika D
Hi Veronika,
AnonymousHow does one say [ and ] , what are these square brackets called?

They're being used in the declarations of the arrays. I don't think that they have other special names. Or are you asking about something else?
AnonymousDoes a value within [ 10] has any particular title?

I don't know the name of the programming language which you're working with, but value inside of the square brackets is being called "array index". It's an index, pointer (very easily said...Emotion: smile) on the value stored at the tenth position.
Anonymous
typedef int* PINT

What is it called when * is a pointer and not just a mathematical sign?

This row is an C/C++ definition of the new name/aliasfor the pointer on the data type int. In fact, you're creating new data type which will be an synonym for the pointer on the definition type int..You'll be able then to declare this sweet thing...Emotion: smile
typedef int* PINT;
PINT i; // for example
Anonymous
How do one say: char * argv[ ] ; in english?


You're probably referring here to the parameter of the main method in C/C++ language. Simply say, it's an array of strings which contains parameters of the C/C++ program. Anyway, watch out! char argv[] is an array of char. char * argv[] is an array of strings....!!! Don't mix it together...Emotion: wink
Anonymous
How do one say: { and } in english?


Curly brackets .

Best Regards
JCD
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Anonymous:
Hello JCD!

Thankyou very much for your answer. Please take a look at the red text below, your previous answer is in green.

typedef int* PINT

What is it called when * is a pointer and not just a mathematical sign?

This row is an C/C++ definition of the new name/alias for the pointer on the data type int. In fact, you're creating new data type which will be an synonym for the pointer on the definition type int..You'll be able then to declare this sweet thing...

typedef int* PINT;

PINT i; // for example

Then how do I say the sentence: Typedef int of pointers, PINT. (that is the the way I would form the sentence in my language) Typedef int with pointers, PINT

Typedef int by pointers, PINT

Or is it better to say: Typedef int with pointer, PINT



Anonymous

How do one say: char * argv[ ] ; in english?

You're probably referring here to the parameter of the main method in C/C++ language. Simply say, it's an array of strings which contains parameters of the C/C++ program. Anyway, watch out! char argv[] is an array of char. char * argv[] is an array of strings....!!! Don't mix it together..

Then how do I say the sentence: Char of pointers argv[ ]
Char with pointers in argv[ ]

Char by pointers argv[ ]

Char with pointer argv[ ]

Which way is the most normal way to express and pronounce it?



Best regards
Veronika
Hi Veronika,
sorry that I didn't answer your additional question. I didn't notice of your additional note...[A]Emotion: embarrassed Okay, to your questions (typedef int* PINT, char * argv[ ] ) , a lot of people describes it slightly differently. I don't think these C/C++ rows has one solid term, 'cause for "typedef int* PINT" you may hear for example, "PINT is a type definition on int pointer" or "PINT is a new datatype similar to pointer on int" ....etcetera, etcetera...As to (char * argv[ ]), like I said, "it's an array of strings". Now why. In C/C++ you may define array of chars (char []) as (char *), where char * is definition of string, so char * argv[ ] is an array of the char * variables, which means char * argv [] = char ** argv! . So you can call it "Char's pointer's pointer" or "pointer to a pointer of chars" or I also heard "a pointer to a pointer to a character".
Choose whatever you want...Emotion: smile...
Best Regards
JCD
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hello!

Dont be sorry, im just glad a got a good answer, and I should probably have posted the question in another place than I did.
I hav just ove more:
What is called in programming when start of a line is placed more to the right than the previous one?



indentation , indent , or indention ?



Best regards

Veronika
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