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Last reply by: Professor Hendershot
Sat Jan 11, 2014 1:29 AM

Post by Rosa Avila on January 10, 2014

This is my favorite book; it is about a dragon and a princess.

In the above sentence, could you use a colon instead of the semicolon since the second sentence illustrates or explains the first?

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Sat Jan 11, 2014 1:40 AM

Post by Monique Nibagwire on January 6, 2014

What is the difference in use of semicolon and colon when they separate two independent clause? can they be used interchangeably in this case?

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Fri Sep 27, 2013 12:33 PM

Post by Beverly Terry on September 27, 2013

I watched this entire lesson. I mention that only because sometimes when you go back it starts tracking your viewing from the beginning. My question is about the following sentence. Is it correct or must the w in what be lower case?

One question in particular kept gnawing at him: What had happened today to Kim and to her family?

Colons & Semicolons

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  • Intro 0:00
  • Lesson Overview 0:09
  • Colons vs. Semicolons 0:28
    • Colons
    • Semicolons
  • Rules for Colons 1:11
    • Use Colons after Complete Sentences to Introduce Lists
    • Don't Use Colons Unless it Follows a Complete Sentence
    • Capitalization and Punctuation are Optional when Listing in Bulleted Form
    • Use Colons Instead of Semicolons Between Two Sentences When The Second Explains the First, and There's No Coordinating Conjunction
    • Use Colons to Introduce Direct Quotations More Than Three Lines Long
    • Use Colons to Follow Salutations of Business Letters
  • Rules for Semicolons 6:40
    • Use Semicolons to Separate Two Independent Sentences Without Conjunctions
    • Use Semicolons Before Introductory Words
    • Use Either Semicolons or Commas Before Introductory Words When They Introduce Lists
    • Use Semicolons to Separate Units in Series When Units Contain Commas
    • Use Semicolons Between Two Sentences Joined by Coordinating Conjunctions when Commas Appear in First Sentence
  • Colon and Semicolon Practice 11:06
  • Colon and Semicolon Practice Answers 11:55