Rules for the use of the asterisk

The asterisk is a spelling symbol, in the form of a star. Depending on the required use, the shape of the star differs in number of tips and designs. Learning the different rules to use it gives many advantages to all those who relate to the art of writing. The following are the precise rules for starting to use the asterisk.


A widely used symbol in Western culture

The round asterisk at the top of the composition line: this is used to make calls to footnotes. Likewise, it has other uses.

Bibliographic quote: This asterisk, which can be represented graphically between a parenthesis or simple, is used for a quote that refers to footnotes. If parentheses are chosen, punctuation marks are deleted, except for ellipsis and tildes.


Liturgical and mystical books: in this kind of writing, it is used as in the psalms, to separate them. Similarly, it is used to determine pauses in reading. Ex: “God save you Mary, * you are full of grace…”

Historical Linguistics: It is located before a word that has not yet been accepted, but it has been re-established based on the evolution of language. Ex: fire comes from the lat. vulg. *Chrestos.

Grammar Works: Located before a word or phrase, noting that it has not yet been adjusted to the pre-established grammar standards. E.g.: *They lent it money for LE they lent money.

In dictionaries: has several ways to use it. See:

It means “see,” when it is located after a word, preceding the punctuation mark. In a good part of the common dictionaries, it is used in this way in order not to generate confusion. Ex: *wall clock. Wall clock*.

To be interpreted as a “born in”, it is used by placing the asterisk before a date or chronological data.

In literary texts such as:

Noting that there is a change in theme, place, time, among other scenic and content factors. Generally, in these cases where the plot of the story changes, up to three asterisks are used. They should never be placed at the top of the page. Example:

*     *                                                        *

*                                                          *   *                               ***

Right now, all over the world, it’s being discontinued in this way.

In texts years ago, it could be seen that two asterisks * * were used to indicate that there are certain gaps in the subject and that there will be an abrupt change in the argument.

Three asterisks to replace someone’s or a site’s name. Example: it was in ***

To report a Syntax error, the asterisk is used before the sentence. Example: *headed child school to.

In order to abbreviate words that for some circumstance stende you do not want to write complete, three asterisks are used as follows: the great master of the lodge V*** will open the ceremony.

In telephone directories, the asterisk is placed before the number, in order to indicate that it is a switchboard.

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Rules for the use of the asterisk
Source: Education  
July 7, 2019


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