#GRAMMARTRIVIA: The Use of Colon (:) and Semicolon (;)

Hi, fellas! How’s life going? Anyway, we’d like to say ‘Happy Eid Mubarak’ for you who celebrate it! We wish you all a very happy day. ;)
In this session, I’d like to talk about the use of colon (:) and semicolon (;) in English. Here we go! #GrammarTrivia

As punctuation, a colon (:) has three different uses. The first one is to introduce a list. See the following examples. #GrammarTrivia

“The price includes the following: travel to New York, flight to Rome, and hotel accommodation.” #GrammarTrivia

“The job calls for skills in the following areas: proofing, editing, and organizing database administration.” #GrammarTrivia

The second use of a colon (:) is to be used before a quotation, and sometimes, before direct speech. See the following examples. #GrammarTrivia

“The headline read: ‘Bus Driver Battles Gangsters’.” Or (2) “They shouted: ‘We are starving! We need food!’.” #GrammarTrivia

Here is the third use of a colon (:). A colon is used between two main clauses, in which the second clause explains the first. #GrammarTrivia

Examples: (1) “That is his biggest secret: always do the impossible.” Or (2) “It was hard: to begin with, I had to find the right person.” #GrammarTrivia

On the other hand, a semicolon (;) is used to mark a break that is stronger than a comma, but not as final as a full stop. #GrammarTrivia

A semicolon (;) is used between two main clauses that balance each other and are too closely linked to be separated. #GrammarTrivia

Examples: (1) “The road runs through a beautiful wooded valley; the railway line follows it.” #GrammarTrivia

“Some people write with a word processor; others write with a pen or pencil.” #GrammarTrivia

A semicolon (;) is also used to link lists where the items contain commas, to avoid confusion between list items. #GrammarTrivia

Example: “There are two ways to write: with a pen, which is easily accessible; or by computer and printer, which is faster.” #GrammarTrivia

Therefore, that’s how we should use a colon (:) and a semicolon (;). I hope you do get the point. ;) #GrammarTrivia

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Source: English Grammar in Use (Raymond Murphy, Cambridge University Press) and Oxford Dictionaries.

Compiled and written by @aditriasmara at @EnglishTips4U on July 28th, 2014.

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