How To Use Punctuation Marks Correctly

ROFL 11-06-2014

How well do you understand the use of punctuation marks. Hmm! Have you ever used a dash instead of an em dash;

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How To Use Punctuation Marks Correctly 15 punctuation marks


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  1. Boss
    June 12, 2014 at 12:21 am

    The very first sentence in your article. That's a question, not a statement. And you're trying to educate folks on properly using punctuation? How's that workin' out for ya?

    • Loray
      June 12, 2014 at 4:39 pm

      Um, it's a joke. The punctuation in the first paragraph is all wrong.

    • Jackson
      June 14, 2014 at 6:38 am

      @Loray, luckily someone got it.

  2. R
    June 11, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    By stating a question mark is used for expressing curiosity you're only validating the people who tack one onto declarations. colon left-parenthesis

  3. Robert M
    June 11, 2014 at 3:32 pm

    "...but also causing less confusing for your readers."

    That is pure ironic gold right there.

    • Jackson
      June 14, 2014 at 6:37 am

      Just checking if you were paying attention. Heh.

  4. Maryon Jeane
    June 11, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    I favour the semicolon: it's subtle, elegant and invaluable but it seems to be falling into desuetude and many people end up with a full-stopped, telegraphic style for want of it. Sometimes it's even confused with the colon and I've seen lists prefaced with a semicolon.

    " a flash of inspiration she had discovered the comic possibilities
    of the semi–colon, and of this she had made abundant and exquisite use. She
    was able to place it in such a way that if you were a person of culture with a
    keen sense of humour, you did not exactly laugh through a horse–collar, but
    you giggled delightedly, and the greater your culture the more delightedly you

    • Jackson
      June 14, 2014 at 6:37 am

      I feel the same way. It's hardly used, and is almost never used correctly.

  5. dragonmouth
    June 11, 2014 at 12:31 pm

    Speaking of punctuation, in his comedy routine "Phonetic Punctuation", Victor Borge shows how punctuation marks can be used in normal speech.
    I highly reccomend it.

    • Schvenn M
      June 11, 2014 at 10:24 pm

      I miss Victor. He was a riot.

    • Jackson
      June 14, 2014 at 6:36 am

      Lol thanks for that! There's my afternoon gone.

  6. Dann A
    June 11, 2014 at 6:53 am

    This is a great chart! I've never seen it before, but I'll definitely be keeping it around so I can send it to people. After being an editor, a freelance writer, and an essay grader, I definitely agree with the placement of the comma at the top. People just can't quite get it. (Which is understandable: it can be quite difficult!)

    I think that the dashes and the hyphen should be a little higher, though. People have a lot of difficulty with those, too.

    • Jackson
      June 14, 2014 at 6:36 am

      They should probably start distributing this chart in school.