Dictating Punctuation

You can enter the punctuation marks and symbols listed below in text you dictate. For a list of all punctuation marks, see the online help.

TO ENTER... SAY...
,
comma
.

period
dot
point
[each one has different spacing characteristics]

?
question mark
!

exclamation mark (All Dialects)
exclamation point (US/Canada)

"

open quote
close quote

'

open single quote
close single quote

(

open paren (US/Canada)
left paren (US/Canada)
left parenthesis (All Dialects) open parenthesis (All Dialects)

)

close paren (US/Canada)
right paren (US/Canada) right parenthesis (All Dialects) close parenthesis (All Dialects)

'
apostrophe
's
apostrophe-ess
-

hyphen
minus sign

-- [double hyphen]

dash

space bar

>Words that end with 's

To dictate a word ending with apostrophe S ('s), just say it as you normally would. Dragon will often add it. If Dragon doesn't include the 's, you can add it later.

TO ENTER... SAY...
We took Mary's car We took Mary's car
that's enough

that's enough

it's time to go it's time to go


Including 's as you dictate

When you want to make sure that Dragon types a word with 's, say "apostrophe ess" after saying the word. For words that already end in "s," say "apostrophe" after the word, as in the second example shown here.

TO ENTER... SAY...
We took my brother's car We took my brother [apostro- phe ess] car
I met my friends'children I met my friends [apostrophe] children


TIP: You can add 's to a word by selecting it and then saying it again with "apostrophe ess."