waht is difference between colon and semicolon
- It represents a pause of greater significance than comma
- It separates the clauses of compound sentences containing comma. For example:
She was a talented, confident lady; and we all followed her advice
- It also separates a series of loosely related clauses. For example:
Her beauty was divine; her life serene.
- It represents a pause of even greater significance than a semicolon.
- It is used to introduce a quotation. For example:
Shakespeare said: "what's in a name?"
- It is used before giving examples.
- It is used between the sentences that are grammatically independent but connected in meaning.
Vicky could not sleep: he was drunk.
A semicolon is represented by the symbol (;). There are two main rules for using a semicolon. Semicolons are used in a sentence to combine two separate independent clauses. These clauses can very well be combined with a comma and a conjunction (, and), but using a comma and a conjunction can slow down a reader. To maintain the speed of the reader, semicolons are used instead. For example, She went to see the new mall; it was huge.
A colon is represented by the symbol (:). A colon is used to introduce something, the details come later. For example, A Broadway show requires many skills: singing, dancing, and acting.