Q. What is a colon and why should I use one?
A. A colon looks like : and is used to set up anticipation for the second part of a sentence.
Q. How do I use a colon?
A. Colons should always be used after an independent clause
Q. What is a semicolon?
A. A semicolon looks like ; and is used to connect two independent clauses.
Q. Why would you use a semicolon rather than a period?
A. You can connect two short, related sentences with a semicolon rather than a period if you think they are too choppy to stand on their own or if you want to draw attention to the relationship between them.
Fun fact! The colon made its debut in 1550, while the semicolon didn’t roll up until 1644.
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