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I've come across some characters like 々,ヽ,ゝ and so on . I want to know more about them and their usage

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You can start here: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iteration_mark 々 is commonly used in contemporary Japanese. I only see ヽ and ゝ with frequency in 明治 Japanese. –  virmaior Feb 25 at 5:30
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These are iteration marks. Used to repeat the same kanji / kana in writing.

々 is used in kanji

人々 - ひとびと - people
時々 - ときどき - sometimes

ゝ is used for repeating hiragana characters and ヽ is used for katakana

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True, but this answer would be a little more useful if it gave some idea about when and how they are used. Should I write キツヽキ to save ink? Can I write 聞ゝたい, 聞々たい or きゝたい or none of them? –  Earthliŋ Feb 25 at 17:20
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