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Punctuation's Most Wanted by phantom-inker Punctuation's Most Wanted by phantom-inker
(Bloody hell, what category does this thing belong in?)

So ~BrookeTheVampire asks, "...a page dedicated to use of punctuation would help out. I still have trouble sometimes with colons and semicolons, and it's always nice for someone to be able to find that out all in one spot!"

Well, BrookeTheVampire, ask and ye shall receive! This is the Punctuation Gang's Most Wanted list, all your favorite evil punctuation on one handy reference poster!

The display version above is designed to be viewed on-screen; however, there is also a downloadable "full" version, designed to be appropriate for printing at poster-size.

If you're having trouble with punctuation, this is (hopefully) a handy answer to your questions.
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Given 2010-02-25
Punctuation's Most Wanted by *phantom-inker is incredibly useful and written with both intelligence and humour.As a punctuation fanatic,I think this is really useful not only for the literature community,but anyone that needs a little help to improve their Grammar and Punctuation. ( Suggested by JazzInked and Featured by znow-white )
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phantom-inker Featured By Owner Aug 23, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't pee in your pool, so please don't spam your advertisements on my works.  Thank you.
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Crimson-Dragon-King Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Very Good, thank you! :)
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SarcasticFreaks Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2012
Oh my gosh, this is brilliant.
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Aelorn Featured By Owner Aug 6, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
This is so cute! I want to print it and donate it to my favorite English teachers for use in their classrooms.
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phantom-inker Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You're quite welcome to do so! There's a downloadable version that's designed for printing. You can find a link to it in the comments just under the deviation.
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Aelorn Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Awesome! Now to get more ink before my printer runs out...
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HatedLove6 Featured By Owner Apr 12, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
What? No elipses (...)? lol, jk. Good stuff you have already.
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phantom-inker Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Most people can't handle the difference between a hyphen and a dash, much less handle the subtleties of when to use an ellipsis. (Hint: The correct answer is a variation on "almost never.")

No, I'll be satisfied if I can merely see people begin using commas in the right places. But as it's three years hence from the original casting of this work and the Internet's grammar is as awful as ever, if not worse, I'm not holding my breath.
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alphabetsoup314 Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this... I love you.
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strayfies Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2012
It's become such a frequent error that when I read aloud passages online, I say "it is" in the place of "it's" for what I like to think are entertaining results. "Pick up the bottle at it is neck." It used to infuriate me, but now it's how I spend my days. D:
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joyandjas Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2012
This is so cute... LOL , it really helped me, cus sometimes I don't get it. ^^
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butterflyeffect137 Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2011
This is possibly one of the greatest things ever.
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Ruddy88 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2011
Very clever.
I'd like to see another "tutorial" on the correct use of words.
Things like "they're, their, there" or the horribly overused "alot".
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jadedjamboree Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2011
I love this simply because semicolons are usually my worst nemesis. x)
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TheSkaBoss Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I think I love you.
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mr8bit Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011
"This is wonderful.(!)"
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Beta-Maxis Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2011
Hmm, I always used single quotes to denote when someone is thinking something in my stories instead of thinking, or in place of air quotations.
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DrunkenSailorET1ss Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2010
Yeah, "I" bend/break these rules (harbour these fugitives) all the time, (much to my chagrin), you know? Its a real problem!
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Bellafibs Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would have loved this when I was learning about punctuation back in grade school. Grammar booklets were just too much.
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ashelynn Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2010  Professional General Artist
:lol:
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OritPetra Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010   Writer
I cannot express to you how much I love this. :D
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Uncle-Ben Featured By Owner Dec 1, 2010
What about questions within questions?

For instance, Would it be ...

Will you ask, "When is the meeting?"
or
Will you ask, "When is the meeting"?
or
Will you ask, "When is the meeting?"?
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phantom-inker Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Only one element of terminating punctuation is allowed, and that punctuation must be placed inside the quotation marks. So the only correct form of those three is:

> Will you ask, "When is the meeting?"

That's the rule, like it or not.
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Uncle-Ben Featured By Owner Dec 2, 2010
Huh.

I was taught ... oh a score or so ago, that there was a time when the question mark went outside the quotes. I thought this was it. Maybe the rules have changed over the years.
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koyoba Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Needs moar interrobang. xD
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PatchworkPrince Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2010
This makes the English geek in me very happy.
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zanessa4ever Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2010
I promise you that, on the day I get my classroom, this shall be hung on my wall for my students to see.

Thank you, from a future English teacher!
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Death-By-Romance Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
This is phenomenal can you be/ are you a teacher?
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phantom-inker Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
No, I'm just more than a little paranoid about grammar. Although, for the record, a number of people have suggested I ought to teach, so perhaps you may be on to something there.
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DeskLife Featured By Owner May 20, 2010   Writer
I'd write a comment here but I dare not risk my atrocious punctuation, or spelling. If I proceeded with said risk, I'd say how great it was, funny and helpful in one.
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ShankSilenzikilu Featured By Owner May 8, 2010
I need to get one of these and ask my English teacher to hang it on the wall in his classroom! All we ever do is analyze old books and poems in my class! HAS EVERYONE FORGOTTEN ABOUT GRAMMAR?
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Koushoku-jin Featured By Owner May 8, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
:thumbsup:=D Great read, and dibs on the Brackets
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Myinca-Lu-Pinky Featured By Owner May 7, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Lol! Nice one :)
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Iadinea Featured By Owner May 6, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Cute...
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Tsuki-Shema Featured By Owner May 5, 2010  Student Digital Artist
ahahahaaa gave me a good laugh during class... :P
Well done, well done indeed. Pure genius! I mean....pure genius.
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justjingles Featured By Owner May 1, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Poor Ampersand! I love you & will always respect you!
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Adreil Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
haha, very clever ;D
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MysticalAngel101 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Very nice :aww:
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Wolfenlied Featured By Owner Apr 5, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
This would actually make an awesome print. :)
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Kelor Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2010
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Informative and amusing are not often seen together.
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LazarCotoron Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
If I were a teacher, I'd buy a few prints (and possibly even a limited reproduction for education license) to put this up for my students. Great work here.
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BrownEyedWyldChyld Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is great. It would be a neat resource in any classroom.
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Treyos Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
In the Double Quotes there's a small typo, I'm thinking, where it says "so they may hired for work". I'm assuming there's a "be" which was supposed to be in there.

Otherwise, good information provided in an entertaining format; nice work! Although I think saying that punctuation always go before quotes is inaccurate, since it goes after for most non-dialogue quotes that I've ever used (such as above!) but hey... I'm no expert on punctuation. As can be seen by this paragraph and my usage of ellipsis which would probably give editors a fit. ;) I still haven't figured out if there's a "proper" method of indicating a pause or trailing off, so I just keep hoping that it'll eventually be accepted as proper usage. ;P
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ShadowsQuill Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2010   Writer
This is fantastic. I'm an English teacher and I would really like to use this with my students. Would you be all right with that? I could cite your page so that the kids can come and look at your work if they choose.
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phantom-inker Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Please, by all means, feel free to use it with your students — every grammar error these kinds of tutorials eradicate is one fewer we all have to read! :)

There's a printer-friendly version that's designed to fit on a poster or on legal-size paper, and you're quite welcome to print as many copies as you need of either that version or this version.

You may also wish to consider using my other grammar-related deviations, Top Ten ways to Guarantee Your Writing Will Be Popular* and Top Ten Grammar Errors [in prose fiction]. The "Popular" deviation has a convenient PDF file that will print nicely on standard 8.5x11 paper. The "Top Ten Grammar Errors" deviation isn't a very printer-friendly shape, but with a little effort, you could probably make it usable, should you wish to.

As regards attribution, you may want to avoid that — seriously. A substantial portion of the artwork I've posted here is Not Work Safe, so you probably don't want to be pointing anyone below the age of majority at my gallery. (That said, many teenagers have both +faved my deviations and +watched me, so it's more of a paranoid-parent thing than a student-appropriateness thing.) So it's up to you: If anybody asks, you can tell them on the sly, but I wouldn't necessarily broadcast your sources given how paranoid some parents are these days.
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ShadowsQuill Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2010   Writer
I will most assuredly look into these other resources you've created and I really appreciate your sensitivity on the subject of attribution. You're doing some truly fantastic work here. I've learned things from this reference myself; it's been some time since I took a grammar class. ;)
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Candylover20 Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
LOVE IT!!!
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MidoriiBlue Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Hot damn! Helpful and witty! I love it! :love:
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Shiaine Featured By Owner Mar 1, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Coincidentally, after reading this a few days ago, we had a Punctuation lecture today (I study English at university). I showed this to my teacher and she absolutely loved it. She said she would link to it on the website and that she might use parts of it in her lectures from now on XD
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