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The following page outlines a grammar guide for the wiki. It is here to help users better contribute to the wiki.

NOTE: These rules are not necessarily used in the dialogue/quotes.

Guide

Punctuation

  • 1. Under no circumstance, should you ever use more than one exclamation point (!).
  • Incorrect: Overtime!!!!
  • Incorrect: OVERTIME!!!!
  • Correct: Overtime!
  • 2. Use apostrophes in contractions.
  • Incorrect: wont
  • Correct: won't
  • 3. Do not put a comma before the name of an episode, unless you specify exactly which SpongeBob SquarePants episode.
  • Incorrect: The Krusty Krab first appears in the episode, "Help Wanted."
  • Incorrect: The Krusty Krab first appears in the pilot episode, "Help Wanted."
  • Correct: The Krusty Krab first appears in the episode "Help Wanted."
  • Correct: The Krusty Krab first appears in the SpongeBob SquarePants pilot episode, "Help Wanted."
  • Correct: The Krusty Krab first appears in the first episode of SpongeBob SquarePants, "Help Wanted."
  • 4. Never insert punctuation to the right of quotations. Put the punctuation in the inside.
  • Incorrect: This was revealed in the episode "Help Wanted".
  • Correct: This was revealed in the episode "Help Wanted."
  • 5. Always use a comma before an "and" when listing more than two things. In other words, always use the Oxford Comma. The only exception to this rule is quoting written work where the author did not use the Oxford Comma.
  • Incorrect: I bought bread, milk and eggs.
  • Correct: I bought bread, milk, and eggs.
  • Correct: Timmy wrote, "I bought bread, milk and eggs." (This is only correct if this is how "Timmy" wrote it.)
  • 5. Always use a comma before an "or" when listing more than two things. In other words, always use the Oxford Comma. The only exception to this rule is quoting written work where the author did not use the Oxford Comma.
  • Incorrect: Did you buy, milk, eggs or bread?
  • Correct: Did you buy, milk, eggs, or bread.
  • Correct: Timmy wrote, "Did you buy, milk, eggs or bread?" (This is only correct if this is how "Timmy" wrote it.)

Word Usage

  • 1. Always use third person point of view in the articles.
  • Incorrect: If you look closely after SpongeBob leaves his house, Squidward's house is missing.
  • Correct: If one looks closely after SpongeBob leaves his house, Squidward's house is missing.
  • Correct: If the viewer looks closely after SpongeBob leaves his house, Squidward's house is missing.
  • 2. It's is the contraction of "it is" or "it has" and its is used for the possession of "it".
  • Incorrect: This cheese is passed it's expiration date. Its time to get rid of it.
  • Correct: This cheese is passed its expiration date. It's time to get rid or it.
  • 3. Then is a transitional word and than is a comparison word.
  • Incorrect: I went to see a movie, than I went to the mall. The mall was more fun then the movie.
  • Correct: I went to see a movie, then I went to the mall. The mall was more fun than the movie.
  • 4. When writing an article, particularly a character article, refer to character by most common name in which the the character is referred.
  • 5. Whenever you refer to something that people wrote, use the word, "wrote".
    • Incorrect: Tom Kenny said, in his official synopsis on his website, "This was a good episode."
    • Correct: Tom Kenny wrote, in his official synopsis on his website, "This was a good episode."
  • 6. When one is writing about words that are on the screen, one should use "read" or "reads" instead of "said" or "says".
  • Incorrect: The sign says, "Delicious Krabby Patties!".
  • Correct: The sign reads, "Delicious Krabby Patties!".
  • 7. Do not use opinion words, unless you are giving a review, quoting a character, writing a transcript (only in the vocal part or if a written thing says an opinion word), or giving a written thing that has an opinion word in it.
  • Incorrect: Krabbby Patties are a delicious and popular burger at the Krusty Krab.
  • Correct: Krabby Patties are a popular burger at the Krusty Krab.
  • Correct: SpongeBob says, "Krabby patties are the best thing in the whole sea."
  • Correct: The sign reads, "Delicious Krabby Patties!"
  • 8. When referring to one or more non-human creatures, do not use "person", "people", "man", "woman", or "kid". (You are allowed to use "kid" if you are referring to a child goat.)
  • Incorrect: Three people entered the Krusty Krab. The man entered first, the woman entered second, and the kid entered third.
  • Correct: Three fish entered the Krusty Krab. The male entered first, the female entered second, and the child entered third. (This or any part of this should only be used if the following is not the case. It can only be used if fish are involved.)
  • Correct: Tom, Nancy, and Tommy entered the Krusty Krab. The Tom entered first, the Nancy entered second, and the Tommy entered third.
  • Correct: Three creatures entered the Krusty Krab. The male entered first, the female entered second, and the child entered third. (This should only be used if the last two are not true.)
  • Correct: Three citizens entered the Krusty Krab. The male entered first, the female entered second, and the child entered third. (This should be used as an alternative to the first and third "correct" versions.)
  • 9. When you write articles always use present tense. The only exceptions to this rule are transcripts/quotes that use past tense and when things are known to have ended. For example, since Glove World was shut down in Glove World R.I.P., everything associated with it must be in the past tense.
  • Incorrect: Lamps was a magazine that appeared in Sponge-Cano!.
  • Correct: Lamps is a magazine that appears in Sponge-Cano!.
  • 10. Don't use "time" to describe the occurrence of an event in the series.
  • Incorrect: This is the first time SpongeBob says, "I'm Ready!"
  • Correct: This is the first episode in which SpongeBob says, "I'm Ready!"

Title Case

  • 1. The following are to be quoted:
  • Individual episode names
  • Incorrect: Help Wanted
  • Incorrect: "Help Wanted"
  • Correct: "Help Wanted"
  • Individual short names
  • Incorrect: The Endless Summer
  • Incorrect: "The Endless Summer"
  • Correct: "The Endless Summer"
  • Songs
  • Incorrect: Campfire Song Song
  • Correct: "Campfire Song Song"
  • 2. The following are to be italicized:
  • Movie names
  • Incorrect: "The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie"
  • Correct: The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie
  • Computer games and computer-game applications
  • Incorrect: "SpongeBob Moves In!"
  • Correct: SpongeBob Moves In!
  • Books
  • Incorrect: "Hooray for Dads!"
  • Correct: Hooray for Dads!
  • Magazines
  • Incorrect: "Toxic Waste Monthly"
  • Correct: Toxic Waste Monthly
  • 3. The following are not to be quoted nor italicized:
  • Rides
  • Incorrect: "Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast"
  • Incorrect: Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast
  • Correct: Jimmy Neutron's Nicktoon Blast
  • Applications
  • Incorrect: "Facebook"
  • Incorrect: Facebook
  • Correct: Facebook

Common or other spelling mistakes

  • 1. SpongeBob SquarePants should always have the words, "Bob" and "Pants" capitalized.
  • Incorrect: Spongebob Squarepants
  • Correct: SpongeBob SquarePants
  • 2. Mr. Krabs and the Krusty Krab do not have the letter "c"; they have the letter "k".
  • Incorrect: Mr. Crabs
  • Incorrect: The Crusty Crab
  • Correct: Mr. Krabs
  • Correct: The Krusty Krab
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