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Semicolons and Colons - What’s the difference?
;  A semicolon:
Is a long pause that balances two related ideas. Example: She went by train; she would rather have flown.
Adjoins two main clauses containing opposite ideas. Example: She is efficient; he is disorganised.
Adjoins two main clauses where there is no conjunction. Example: My laptop is broken; I can’t transmit the document.
Can separate items in a list when the items already contain commas. Example: Attendees included the CEO, Jeff Davis and his son, Tristan; the MD, Fred Khumalo, and his wife, Susan; and Harriet and Kosi from the PR agency.
May be replaced by a full stop or by the conjunctions: and, but, so, for, although.
:  A colon:
Indicates that a list will follow.
Indicates that an idea, or an explanation, will follow. Example: There is one thing that separates writers from talkers: writers write.
Indicates dialogue. Example: James said: ‘You’re a wonderful woman, Sarah.’
Indicates a direct quotation. Example: Freud once said: ‘There is nothing wrong with blaming your mother.’
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Semicolons and Colons - What’s the difference?

;  A semicolon:

  1. Is a long pause that balances two related ideas. Example: She went by train; she would rather have flown.
  2. Adjoins two main clauses containing opposite ideas. Example: She is efficient; he is disorganised.
  3. Adjoins two main clauses where there is no conjunction. Example: My laptop is broken; I can’t transmit the document.
  4. Can separate items in a list when the items already contain commas. Example: Attendees included the CEO, Jeff Davis and his son, Tristan; the MD, Fred Khumalo, and his wife, Susan; and Harriet and Kosi from the PR agency.
  5. May be replaced by a full stop or by the conjunctions: and, but, so, for, although.

:  A colon:

  1. Indicates that a list will follow.
  2. Indicates that an idea, or an explanation, will follow. Example: There is one thing that separates writers from talkers: writers write.
  3. Indicates dialogue. Example: James said: ‘You’re a wonderful woman, Sarah.’
  4. Indicates a direct quotation. Example: Freud once said: ‘There is nothing wrong with blaming your mother.’

To find out about our writing courses, email news@writerswrite.co.za

Source for Image: Toothpaste for Dinner

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