A colon ( is frequently used to introduce a list or an example. So, you could say something like "These are the fruits that I can think of off the top of my head: apple, banana, pear, orange, guava, watermelon."
A semicolon divides two independent clauses... another way to think of an independent clause is a complete thought... something that could stand on its own. You use the semicolon to combine those two thoughts/sentences/clauses to show that there is a closer connection. "Bob was sad. His dog died." becomes "Bob was sad; his dog died."
You use a colon when you are talking about three or more things: one thing, two things, three things, it doesn't really matter what it is; you use a semi-colon if you are tired of using periods or you want to make a really long sentence seem complicated like this one.
by David 4703 years ago
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by Rob Welsh7 years ago
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by missc11137 years ago
Why do we need a semi colon when talking about a possessive item, it's not a contraction.Example, Jenny's store. It's not Jenny is store?
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