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Pawn
May 20th, 2005, 10:33 AM
The Colon
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The colon can be used to introduce: a list, explanation or definition.



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There's only one thing I want: to dance!
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Write: (verb) To spill your guts for an unappreciative public.


A colon will always follow an independant clause. If you're wondering whether or not to use a colon, try taking the first clause of your sentence (before the colon) independantly. It might feel incomplete by itself, but grammatically should nonetheless have a subject and predicate. You cannot follow a dependant clause with a colon.

The Semi-colon
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The semi-colon is primarily used to join two independant clauses. It allows us as authors to imply a relationship between two similar ideas without actually stating that relationship.



I hate maths; she hates art.


The semi-colon is also commonly used to join clauses via a transition.



WF.com is a great place; in addition, the members are gorgeous.
I love sea-food; therefore, I shall order prawns.
Love is tiring; however, it's good for the heart.


You might also want to use semi-colons to order a list as below:



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