Semicolons and Colons

Semicolons and colons were originally used to designate pauses shorter than a period and longer than a comma. Now they are used to show certain grammatical relationships with the colon the more emphatic of the two.

Semicolons with Clauses

Semicolons in a Series

Colons with Lists

Colons Before Quotations

Colons Separating Independent Clauses

Colons with Appositives

Special Cases Using Colons

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